Wednesday, November 2, 2016

My Five Pound Necklace

In-between downpours and drizzles, there was time both Monday and Tuesday to go for a walk along the lake although parts of the path are quite muddy. At a steady pace, the walk takes me just over an hour to go to the end and back. There is a deep layer of leaves to crunch through and kick up. Like a kid. So fun.





Yesterday, I collected different kinds of leaves as well as sticks. They are spread out on the studio floor to dry. I want to explore painting and pressing the leaves on fabric and drawing with the sticks. That will be Friday at the earliest because today and tomorrow I'm working on the fitting project with my friend.





The island is back together and moved to a new location in the studio... because I can... because we added casters. It's perfect. I love moving things around. I'm slowly making over the studio although I can't do any major renovations for now but I can paint the desks and look for some taller bookshelves that will contain more in less space. I like the island and the sewing desks and other than that I'm ready for a new look and keeping an eye out for possibilities at the thrift store.





I weighed in yesterday and have lost 6 pounds or 15% of my goal weight. It sounds better as a percentage. To motivate myself, I've decided to buy a new necklace every five pound increment so this is my five pound necklace. I've already found my ten pound one and hopefully it'll still be at the store when the time comes. At a safe rate of 1 to 1 1/2 pounds a week, it could be a few weeks.

SIGH... when I saw this necklace, I immediately had textile jewelry thoughts. I have a feeling jewelry may reappear. It's still tickling and doesn't want to leave me alone and I believe that when things tickle, that's something to pay attention to and when things are well and truly done with, they stop tickling. We'll see.





I've mentioned the upcoming show at the art gallery in January. The pieces must be either 80% red plus other colours or 80% white plus other colours or a combination of red and white equal to 80% plus other colours. Red is not my favourite colour so I started by spray painting white over a canvas in a metal frame and then machine quilting a white background in small thread circles.





The fabric was a linen jacquard tablecloth. I like its texture versus a flat fabric although even after all that quilting, I can still see the swirls in the image above. Once I begin building the focal design on top, I don't think it'll be as obvious and especially not when viewed straight on. But... if it is... oh well... it's another element of interest.

Last week, when working on the Barbara bag, I realized that I much prefer creating clothing to creating wall art. While the journey has similar elements, the endings are completely different. Instead of hanging the piece, I can wear it. Stitching these circles reinforced that thought. I think this part of my life may be done too or will only show up in little bits now and then. I'm making this piece because it's the only way that I can participate in the show within the guidelines and it seemed like an opportunity to "introduce myself" to the art community here. In the future, I'll look for ways to do that with creative wearables.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - growth

6 comments:

  1. Your studio looks very sophisticated, a serene background for your creative endeavors. Good work on the diet!

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    1. LOL - thanks re: the studio. That part looks sophisticated. The rest is still a work in progress but coming along. I'm thrilled with the diet results so far. Now to keep going.

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  2. I thought the 5-pound necklace header referred to the weight of the necklace! HA! Love the look of the white quilting!

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    1. I know. That made it a fun title. Quilting circles can be quite meditative and I love the texture.

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  3. Your rolling cart is so wonderful and it's great to have a space that works so well for you. Great gift for your loss and good incentive for the future.

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    1. It is. The work island is one of my favourite parts of the studio. There's so much surface room to spread out on and it holds a LOT of supplies. We built it from kitchen cabinets we bought at Home Depot years ago. They've had a few configurations and this is the best.

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