Saturday, October 29, 2011

3D Kirigami Scene - Step 3

I finished cutting this three dimensional scene last night.  I perfected small details, like the people's clothing, bars on the shed doors, more greenery, and two goats in the shed.

I glued it all together with zots.

Now my dilemna is how to attach the back to the plastic box.  That will be the task rolling around in my head today. Until anon....

Friday, October 28, 2011

3D Kirigami Scene - step 2

Last night, while it was snowing heavily (in October no less) I sat comfortably in my night studio and cut another two-movie piece to the kirigami scene I am creating for the Artistree Gallery show.

This layer depicts two gardeners resting on their implements in the garden.  The man has a bucket of berries beside him. 


The woman has a (huge) butterfly on her dress.

 Next I will be perfecting the couple's clothing and I will put something behind the shed door. My dilemma is how I will attach a backing to all of this to make it stay together in the frame.  Well, that is tomorrow's problem.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

A 3D Kirigami scene - step 1

I am creating a three dimensional kirigami piece for the new Artistree show here in Woodstock, VT.  I've used much heavier paper this time - Arches hot press watercolor paper in off-white. This makes it much more difficult to cut but it should stand up better.  Here is my first cut, done last night - a two movie project.

My intention is to mount it in a plexiglass case like this one.  (Barbara Bartlett gave me this idea.  Thanks Barb.)

Stay tuned, amici.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Shades of Autumn

The foliage seemed to come and go within a few short days this year. Dried tea bags are reminding me a bit of the crunchy leaves on the ground. My wonderful tea drinking suppliers continue to faithfully add to my stockpile and I like having a collection of at least eight different designs of bags to inspire new ideas.

I finished another work on paper with the standard sized rectangular bags in quite an array of colors. I think it really does capture something of autumn.

I also completed another big canvas piece with tea bag sacs that Laura at Mon Vert Cafe has been so diligently saving for me. They are much larger than regular bags and really stain beautifully. The hibiscus stained reds are wonderful but they lose much of their color when in contact with adhering mediums. I'd love to find a way to preserve the red when I use mediums on them.

I'm currently sewing Mighty Leaf tea bags together. They are made of an almost transparent light fabric that allows all the tea leaves to show through. I'll have to see where this takes me!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Note Cards are Finished!

It's been a long time coming but finally I have finished two sets of note cards.  The first is a set of four floral prints....

and the second is a set of pear watercolors....

These images are taken from the pear watercolor and floral print calendars just off the presses.  It is is an exciting departure for me--from fine arts into a bit of the commercial!  They will be packaged and for sale in the area in the near future....