Exclusive: By Invitation Only
19 x 23 inches
Cotton Trimmings, Bridal Satin, Sheer Overlay and Netting
We all know that a gate or a fence signifies that some are in and others are out. I've lived in many places that were surrounded by fences & I have often wondered about the idea that "the grass is greener on the other side of the fence". While in Indonesia, I can almost positively assure you that the grass was greener inside the fenced in area. The distance between the Haves & the Have Nots was immense. The Haves were very determined to keep their belongings safe behind any kind of fortress. So while working on another project and thinking about the picture, I began to remember times when I felt excluded and imagined that those behind the fence were having a much better, a much livelier time than I was having at that time.
So following in the Indonesian tradition I commented about of making something from nothing, I decided to use the little matchstick trimmings from my project to construct a fence that was lively and gay. I was also tickled by the text along the selvedge that said "exclusive" so went down that path too.
In an effort to try some very close quilting (but not actually do it myself--life is short), I programmed the embroidery machine with a longer 5.0 stitch length and began securing the little trimmings to a bridal satin background. I had some sheer drapery samples I wanted to add in for a change in texture and shine. I added these as the machine stitched (which was spontaneously fun). To finish off the composition and keep a raw edged look, I used folded netting. I love how this worked and will use this idea again.
This is not a serious piece and it's not even a complex piece but it is one that I did freely and spontaneously. I think it abstractly captures the gate idea and asks the question, "Where's the party?" Do you have your invitation? Is the grass really any greener over there?