Friday, September 5, 2008

The Big Comfy Couch

I tend to flit around and try various art forms, but I always seem to come back to my love of fiber and hand stitching.  I'm trying to spend a few months focused only on fiber to develop my ideas a little further.  Right now, inspired by African textiles, I'm experimenting with couching chunky bits of fabric.  I wanted to replace my well-loved, and well-worn, purse from Guatamala, capturing the ethnic liveliness minus the hours of hand embroidery.  I came up with this:

I participated in an inchie swap earlier in the year (embellishing one inch squares of fabric) and really enjoyed the portability of working on small pieces.  One inch was a little limiting, so I'm doing my couching experiments on small squares and rectangles ranging from 3-6". 

They will eventually be incorporated into a larger wall piece.  I'm currently experimenting with painting background fabrics to link them together and add a sort of graffiti element:


Z'anne said...

Hi Robin!

Welcome to the blogosphere. Blogger ising it very simple to get yourself up and blogging. Don't feel limited by blogging every day. I can't do that and I'm sure we don't expect you to do it either. Some days we just don't have anything to say! Just have fun, that's all that is necessary. :)

I L-O-V-E your new purse. Very bright and textural. Can't wait to see it in person. (hint, hint) Your smaller pieces are fun and colorful. They will be a beautiful wall hanging.

Suzanne Reynolds said...

Congrats on your blog, Robin! Another fun addition to my reader. :) It looks great. Love what you did with your purse. I think putting smaller elements together is a smart strategy for wonderful fiberart.

Suzie Wolfer said...

Hey Robin, Great blog! It will be wonderful to read your musings. The images so dearly remind me of you and your gorgeous work. Congrats and taking the leap, and thanks for listing my web site!


Cindy O'Leary said...

Hey there--good to see you in blogland! You know how much I love your work, so I'm thrilled that I'll be able to follow along and see what you're up to. Looks like we're both in for some new adventures in the coming year! xo cindy

Portland Art Collective said...

Robin, Your blog art is gorgeous!!! It will be fun to see your posts and what you're creating. Paula