Wednesday, May 30, 2018

This is just a test ... eeeeeeeeeeee

I hesitated to use Grace's trademark "eeeeeeeee" but it was just too perfect for how things have progressed to this first test page for Moon Myth ...


There are many editorial tweaks to come on text, format, margins, font, etc etc etc ... but it has already come a long way. And it is here that I must acknowledge the incredible wealth of knowledge I have gained from my recent revisiting of Jude Hill's Spirit Cloth classes. Time to send another donation in appreciation of her incredible teaching.

To recap how I got to this test page, I took my cloudy patches from this post
after agonizing about which Deb Lacativa threads to  use, which was pointless worry as any of her threads would have worked. From there I decided to use her thread magic on my base cloth seams, seen best here ...


The stitches are like an endlessly fascinating string of jewels popping into view, turning an otherwise repetitive task into true patchplay.

I had originally trialed an intricately paperless patched base for each page of Moon Myth ...


but it was too fussy and felt "tight" somehow. So a consult with my fellow artist in residence led to stitching the patches onto a simpler base ...


which also felt a bit "tight" until I watched one of the Spirit Cloth videos on managing layers and realized there was a simple solution to be found in cutting through the back of the base thus easing the patches into it ...


Then I basted some harem cloth on to anchor the base seams and provide a friendly ground for future stitching ...


because my ultimate goal is to create a cloth for each page of the book ...


then scan each cloth ...


and superimpose text using Word. From there I'll be able to make "camera ready" PDF pages and print multiple copies of the book.

But then I'll have all these (hopefully) beautiful little cloths with large blank spaces. Hand stitching all the text into those spaces isn't realistic, so the plan is to stitch selected words from the text on to each cloth page and then join all the cloths together into a large story cloth.

At least that's the plan for now. 

Stay tuned ...



12 comments:

Mo Crow said...

love how your Moon Myth holds a lifetime of connections

Liz A said...

Mo - I told Don the origin of this story just the other day and his response was something along the lines of "You've been holding on to this since high school? Really?"

Dana said...

Eeeeeee is right. This is wonderful Liz...go, go, go and take us with you.

Liz A said...

Dana - thank you ... the encouragement I find here keeps me going. I do hope to post the book page by page as I did with the Close Your Eyes projects

Liz A said...

P.S. to Mo: I suspect this book of the Moon as seen from the Northern Hemisphere will be different from what you see on your side of the world

Mo Crow said...

(((Liz))) you & Don will have to come and visit us here in the Land Down Under & find out!

Sue McQ said...

I am scanning this now in my brain as I am doing this that and the other at the moment. My comment to you deserves more attention! Will get back to you my dear. (smile)

Hazel said...

Oh, Liz! Just moonfully wonderful! Such admiration for your attention to detail and process. What a gift is all is- for yourself, your loved ones & us.

Liz A said...

Hazel - thank you for your encouragement and the example you set in how to map the sky in stitch

Nancy said...

I love your meticulous ~ creative process here. When I see posts of this project, so many things pop into my head. This book is one of them.
https://www.amazon.com/Happy-Birthday-Moon-Moonbear-Frank/dp/144249400X/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1528004257&sr=8-5&keywords=frank+asch+bear+books

And I remember this book from my preschool teaching days. I met her once at a quilt show, where she had all these process photos on display. It was amazing.
https://www.amazon.com/Quiltmakers-Gift-Jeff-Brumbeau/dp/0439309107/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1528004567&sr=1-1&keywords=quiltmakers+gift

This book, thus far, is so calm and beautiful Liz. I'm in love.

Fiona Dempster said...

Wooohooooo! I am loving all of this - where it come from and where it is going - what a culmination of good things.

Liz A said...

Nancy - thank you so much for the book references ... I do remember crossing paths with both of these titles, but they do not (yet) have a home on my shelf.

Fiona - talk about a lengthy germination period ... but hopefully worth waiting for