Friday, January 29, 2010

My Hands- Karen

                                             Size- 8 inches square.
                                              painted with oil pastels.
                                              hand embroidered with cotton floss.
                                               hand quilted.

As I has posted earlier when learning what the first challenge was to be, I pretty much hit the panic button.
There are very few photographs of myself. I decided that I wanted to think a bit out of the box on this one. Who am I? What would my self portrait say about me...So here it is. Me. The art quilter me. Stitching by hand a feather of the wonderous crow. Flower petals of the deep colbalt- purple blue that I adore. Leaves from the forest where I often sit and stitch. . A butterfly, close at hand, reminding me that Nature can be beautiful, fragile and amazingly resilient all at the same times.

And here is the photograph that became the self portrait.

13 comments:

  1. Fantastic and mazel tov to you for thinking so out of the box on your concept! It is you; the viewer gets the complete idea of what must be your passion and one of your defining attributes, that of needle worker and artist. Not only that, the work is beautiful!

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  2. I think you have very cleverly captured the part of you (and all of us needleworkers) that is so important to what we do -- our hands! Were it not for our hands, much of what we do would be so much harder to accomplish.

    Your piece evokes the gentleness and the solitude of sitting with a good thread, a good piece of fabric and a good idea. I really love what you have stitched as your self-portrait, Karen. Excellent!

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  3. Yes, you are ALL there! Everything about your art that I marvel over, including your hand stitching, is there. What a wonderful interpretation of this challenge. Kudos!

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  4. This is so lovely! The colors, the exquisite stitching, and the beautiful painting are all awesome in the original sense. I also love that in the photograph you're working on the cat picture. As for the portrait aspect, Libby and Debra said it better than I could.

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  5. Oh, you have taken my breath away! The detail is exquisite.

    I find myself surprised. I would have expected all the detail in the back to hold my attention but the less busy space of the fabric in the hoop and the hands keeps calling my eye to rest there. Very nicely done!

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  6. Your technique of oil pastels and embroidery is
    wonderful. Love the pop of color in the butterfly.
    The closeup of your embroidery is amazing. A true self-portrait of who you are.

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  8. Opps... hit the trash button. I hate it when that happens!

    I had said... Karen, this is lovely. Your stiches are very characteristic and you manage to achieve so much movement with them. They remind me of Van Gogh's living skies! This is a very nice way to interpret a self portrait... I sew(!) like it. :)

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  9. Oh THANK you all so much! I was really aprehensive about this one. It is good to see the positive feedback!

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  10. Stunning piece. Seems like a little panic and out- of-the-box thinking served you very well! The combination of techniques compliment each other nicely and your color choices are lovely.

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  11. I can't think of a more fitting way to express the YOU that you are. A very creative idea and beautifully executed. The designs and stitching are wonderful, too. Applause.

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  12. Hands are not easy to capture, and you've done it beautifully. The detail is exquisite, and very expressive of your love of handwork.

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  13. Beautiful. I love the stitching so much and you have really captured the hands so well. The feather is lovely too.

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