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: