Underneath the snow pack -- at least, on the roads -- is a layer of ice, so...I'm home, effectively snowed in. I don't make any $$ when I'm not at work, but I figure it's worth my life to stay home and stitch.
Yesterday I worked on two projects.
First I finished the "bird-house mini" I started some time ago, before I was overtaken with the urge to make "Snowy Evening". :-) I've made several of these bird-house pieces in several seasons...but the winter one(s) seem to be favourites. To satisfy Gracie's request for two winter scenes, I decided I'd better get this one done!
As I stitched, I listened/watched several videos on YouTube, mostly about making art. I particularly enjoyed revisiting episodes of "Craft in America" and the "Art City: Simplicity" film featuring Agnes Martin, Amy Adler, Joan Snyder, Richard Tuttle and others. It dawned on me that I'd begun this piece with a certain level of "same old, same old"...but somewhere through the afternoon that feeling dropped away and I became simply, quietly, gently, a maker*.
|"No One Home" - under construction|
Thus the change in my blog title, at least for a little while.
|No One Home (C) 2015|
|No One Home - Detail|
I took my EBMC piece with me into the evening. I'd spent part of Sunday on it too -- daring to quilt the panels...then slash them part-way:
Next, I trimmed back the excess batting along the edges of the slit:
Inserting a bias strip of gold lame into the opening, I pinned it heavily and sewed down one side and then the other -- et voila! When I held it up to the light...
|It comes shining through!|
To finish the piece, I bound the sides:
And added "stone" to the top and bottom...for the window was inspired (as you may recall) by those in buildings in that photo from York, UK provided by EB for this assignment.
I haven't put a sleeve on it yet, so to send photos of it to EB, I had to lay it on my design wall, first one side...
And then the other...
10" W x 37" L
When ready, I will hang it in a window.
*Why can't someone just simply...make something? I mean, it doesn't matter if it's on paper or out of concrete, or what-have-you...it's the fact that something is made where there had been nothing before. -- Richard Tuttle
Linking up with WIP Wednesday on The Needle and Thread Network. Before I go a-shovelling, I'm going to knit, just a bit...