Friday, July 26, 2013

Gathering Stillness

What does gathering stillness look like to you? It took me a while to figure it out and while doing so I created a huge mess in my studio and went for lots of walks around the block. It wasn't until I started playing with lines and circles on a piece of paper that my idea came together.

The circles are dupioni silk that I dyed. The large one is hand appliqued, the smaller ones are fused. About half way through cutting out the circles, I had a "what was I thinking" moment. I am happy I kept cutting them out. The quilt is 27" w x 44" h. It will slightly overlap when sewed to the clay part.

I have also dipped the clay piece in the indigo vat a couple more times to get her bluer. In the photograph, she is sitting on a piece of light brown raw silk that I over dyed. I can't believe that I was able to make the silk such a great color blue without doing anything to it. It was dipped twice.

The next step will be sewing the quilt onto the clay piece then seeing if it can hang for a wall. I am also going to create a stand because it might be too difficult to hang in the gallery.

"Gathering Grief" is next. The clay part is dry enough to to be fired in the kiln. I have an idea for the quilt and am anxious to get working on it. The head part came out larger. Sculpting it was much more difficult than I thought it would be. Looking forward to also creating "Gathering Joy." What are you gathering in your life?

This is also my Off the Wall Fridays post. I do love seeing what other people have done with their week.


13 comments:

  1. oh Karen, this is stunning in the best sense of the word, that it makes you stop and feel the story you tell with it.

    Is it a series? How would you hang the clay head from a wall?
    LeeAnna Paylor
    lapaylor.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you. I put my heart and soul into this piece. It is a series. There are two holes on the back, I'll put wire through it and hang it from a nail. Wish me luck!

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  2. I just adore this on so many levels - beautiful!

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  3. I think it does say "Gathering Stillness," and beautifully. What am I gathering? Joy, light and friends.

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  4. It's just a really perfect combination of the two. Well done! Bravo!

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    1. Thanks. It has been an interesting journey. Hugs.

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  5. I'm having a hard time imagining the two of them together, but I'm sure it ail be stunning since each piece standing alone is gorgeous.

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  6. Fair enough. I guess we shall see how it works! Thanks!

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  7. I love the blue of the silk, can't wait to see the two together.

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