Saturday, February 21, 2015

- Variations on a theme: Close Your Eyes, the second edition

The text of Griffin's lullaby book will be the same as Jace's, but the images will be revised ... re-visioned ... taking lessons learned the first time around and turning them into another way of getting to the same place.

For instance, after a chorus of comments about the b-sides shown here, I decided the new edition will be made with the intention of showing both sides ...

Unlike the first spinning old world that was silk appliqued onto denim,
in this version I basted the silk onto muslin, cut a mask in the denim, then appliqued the denim onto the silk/muslin

Which means I'm burying all the knots where they can't be seen ...

I tend to work a little tight (it's a personal issue), but I'm okay with the puffiness of the center ...
it gives the inner circle an interesting sense of movement on both the back and the front,
which is why I liberated the silk from the invisible baste stitches that held it down during the applique process.

But as I added thread bead stars to the spinning old world, I realized I could have made the invisible baste more visible in the first place and saved myself going back a second time. 

So I intentionally made the white invisible basting stitches more visible around the rising moon ...

Since the invisible baste is worked with a single strand, the stars appear as pinpoints

It's subtle, but I like how the back looks and feels ...

BTW, this page is not yet complete ... there are tree branches yet to be added  as they were here

10 comments:

Sarah said...

The b side is like a map :)

Liz Ackert said...

I do love maps ... real and imaginary. It's on my someday list to do more maps in stitch ...

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

this is so Satisfying...the Bs....and i love the telling of understandings...making the
invisible baste just just visible....
WonderFull

Mo Crow said...

I love the loose freedom of the b sides, another very freeing practice is drawing from life without looking at the paper just following carressing the edges of what you are observing with the point of the pen

Dana said...

Oh these are lovely, sides A and B.

Liz Ackert said...

I am having so much fun envisioning the b-side as I work the a-side ... peeking around the back, but mostly feeling the stitches as they form beneath my left-hand fingers.

Liz Ackert said...

How interesting that you should suggest this ... drawing has always been so challenging for me, but perhaps this sense of touching edges ever so gently will make a difference.

Liz Ackert said...

Thank you ... I am reveling in them!

montana joe said...

oh my! i am simply enchanted by these!!

Liz Ackert said...

Thank you so much for stopping by ... Don and I are looking forward to seeing your upcoming projects