Thank you for visiting artful embellishments. This is the third year for this blog and I am so happy to keep publishing. I started in 2011 and began with a quilt of the week, this lead to the leaf of the week for my newly designed paper tree that is located on the wall of my garage in 2012.......2013 is going to bring a lot of excitement and positive change. As a personal challenge for 2013, I plan on designing a artist trading card each week to be featured on the blog.
With so many interests, there will be quilting, art quilting, leaves (and more leaves), as well as experiments in thermofax screen printing, fabric dying, and tons of DIY recycle projects. I may even enter that altered fashion scene. To a happy and healthy 2013, may we all find happiness in those things we create....thank you for stoping by artful embellishments.
Monday, February 25, 2013
I took a photography class at Delta College back in the fall of 2010. I bought a new camera and went absolutely bonkers for flowers. At the time I lived in a neighborhood that had mature gardens with dogwood, cherry, and other flowering trees. There were also numerous flowers and shrubs. I took so many pictures. I wasn't sure what to do with all those photos, but I did save them. Now that I have finished Susan Tuttle's online course, I have found a new love of altering photos. These are some of those flower prints from 2010 with a 2013 twist.
I absolutely love to dye fabric. It can be time consuming, so I often don't get to it as often as I would like. I had some time this weekend to use silk ties to dye white silk fabric. This technique was out of the october/november issue of quilting arts magazine. The process is really simple and the sky is the limit on the types of colors and patterns you can get on the silk. This is a sample of the 8 yards of silk that I was able to dye with silk ties from the thrift store. The only ingredients are silk ties (yes they must be silk, don't be fooled with imitation cotton ones!), vinegar, boiling water, silk, and rubber bands. The neck ties can be cut or used in a full length. They are placed in between two pieces of plain silk. The silk is placed between two pieces of cotton muslin. The fabric is then rolled and then tied with rubber bands. The fabric is boiled in vinegar water for 20 minutes and voila! Interesting fabric! I love the fact that the ties shift and so different tones, with some fractured white space occur. I hope to have time to use this fabric in some sewing projects.
Monday, February 18, 2013
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Another piece of art that I wrote about was Starry Night. Seeing it in person was so fascinating. It wasn't a large painting, but it is amazing to see the use of line. It is also such a prized painting, work hundreds of millions of dollars. To think that Vincent Van Gogh sold only one painting in his short tortured life time. He never was able to see his talent nor fame.
The Starry Night
Van Gogh painted starry night in 1889. It is an oil on canvas and is part of the post-impressionism period. The composition of this painting includes clouds, shining stars, and a bright crescent moon. Most everyone can relate to the scene depicted in this painting. What makes this composition unique is how these elements are conveyed. Van Gogh uses his brush strokes to swirl the clouds, thus drawing the viewer’s eye around the painting. (Artble) I personally noticed that I was looking at it from left to right, following the swirling cloud. As I moved from left to right, I was drawn to the bottom of the painting and then back around to the sun. It has long been thought that Van Gogh suffered from mental illness. At the end of 1888 he committed himself to an asylum. (Vangoghgallery) It has been noted that he has suffered from epilepsy, psychotic attacks and possibly depression. During this period he struggled to create works of art due to the frequency of his attacks. He did manage to create The Starry Night one of his most influential pieces. One hypothesis is that the swirling lines of the sky represent his internal uncertainty. (Vangoghgallery)
The color yellow is very noticeable in this painting. There is a yellow halo around each star and the sun is a very bright yellow. There have been many theories as to why the yellow is so vibrant. One explanation relates to the treatment of his seizure disorder. At that time digitalis was used to treat seizures. (Now this medication is used to treat cardiac arrhythmias). People receiving large and repeated doses often see a yellow-green tint.(Wolf) The most amazing thing about Vincent Van Gogh and this painting was his view of himself. He viewed himself as a failure, and that his life was a horrible waste. (Vangoghhallery) He shot himself in the chest and died a few days later. The ironic piece to this story is that his sister in law took his works to Holland to get Van Gogh his due recognition (Artble) His success was overwhelming and he is still considered a master today.
I am fascinated with the swirling lines, the starry sky and the landscape background. Each time I look at this painting, I see more detail. It’s composition and style are quite different from any other artist. I would absolutely love to make an art quilt out of one of his paintings. He remains one of my favorite painters.
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In my art and history II class we studied a ton of art. I was always fascinated to see that a large number of these pieces were featured at MOMA, the museum of modern art in NYC. I got a chance to visit and see a number of pieces that I had to write papers on. It was such a great experience. Seeing the size of some of these pieces was really neat. This one was done by Donald Judd. He was a part of the minimalist movement.
Donald Judd (1928-1994) was one of the foremost practitioners of Minimal Art, which had its apex in the late 1960s and early 1970s. (WAC) “Minimalist refers to a style of art in which the least possible amount of form shapes, colors, or lines are used to reduce the concept or idea to its simplest form.” (ArtsNet) Judd and other Minimalists sought to create a depersonalized art in which the physical properties of space, scale, and materials were explored as phenomena of interest on their own, rather than as metaphors for human experience. (WAC) "A shape, a volume, a color, a surface is something itself," Judd wrote. "It shouldn't be concealed as part of a fairly different whole." Judd constructed his minimalistic creations in the 1960’s. He used industrial materials such as plywood, sheet metal, and plexiglass. These materials were arranged in three dimensional forms. “He manipulated these materials into arrangements. He stacked, aligned, cantilevered, or centered, their strict geometric arrangements—often derived from mathematical progressions.” (WAC)
I found this artwork fascinating and considered it a form of sculpture. This was probably due to my naive view that since it was in 3D, it must be sculpture. Judd refused to call them sculptures because he associated this with the hand crafted art of an earlier era. Instead, he referred to them as “specific objects”. (WAC) He also referred to himself as a painter not a sculptor. (ArtsNet) Untitled is an example of a “stack” of these industrial materials. This is considered to be one of his hallmarks. In appearance the materials appear to mathematically precise, however Judd himself has stated that they mean nothing in terms of mathematics to him. (Artsnet)
The interpretation of this art is fascinating to me. I see repetition, precision, beauty, order, and discipline. According to Judd, “his goal was to focus on the space occupied and created by his objects--their purity of form”. (Artsnet) I typically look for a meaning that is more than the sum of the supplies used to create the art. An example would be Van Gogh’s tormented life and his harsh brush strokes. I can appreciate the minimalist art, but I tend to see it for the ideas that it brings to me. I am not sure if that was Judd’s intent, but it works for me.
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"WAC | Visual Arts | Exhibition | The Essential Donald Judd." WAC | Visual Arts | Exhibition | The Essential Donald Judd. Exhibition Gallery 7, 12 Aug. 2001. Web. 05 Nov. 2012. <http://www.walkerart.org/archive/F/AD7379EFF90772606175.htm>.
Friday, February 8, 2013
Sunday, February 3, 2013
I put forth the time to start my ATC collection. Artist Trading Cards are a hot commodity amongst artist in many different mediums. They are mini pieces of art that are 2 X 3 inches. They are to be traded not sold. Some artists use them as business cards. Others collect them like priceless baseball cards. Many trade them with other artists that they meet at shows and classes. I wanted to experiment with them because they are small and they are great for using up scraps.
More leaves!!! These leaves are actually made of a tissue like paper and are actually in the decorating section of the craft store. They are quite plain when you pull them out of the package. So after some decoupage, stamping, and text additions, they are more lively!