The thing is I have been commissioned to create a new hand painted bag. The client is not looking for a specific design or color but a bag, nothing less, nothing more.
The fact of the matter is that my creative juices have been down in the pits lately. The more I beat myself up, the more I seem to hit a hole in the ground. It is just not there, the inspiration button seems to have been turned off temporarily.
They were intended to adorn your beautiful home in the form of decorative pillows, which I did with a few, click here but flashback a few years, when the owner is out, the cats will come out to play. So, playing we are, playing we will. Stay tuned for a few interesting things coming soon to a theater near you.
One of my weakness is that I am never satisfied with only one thing. I learn it and then begin to think about ways to recreate it, make it in different colors so to please everyone. Let's face it, we all don't think or dress alike, or have the same taste. So, based on that alone, I like to give everyone a variety to pick from. Many others have been made since that I learned that very first piece and hope to unveil soon. Remember, these are very intricate pieces and it can take up to four weeks to complete one, slowly, step by step, one hole at a time.
Gray and black will make an elegant piece
Blue and white will do for night and/or day
Blue, red, gold, purple... so many to pick from.
It begins with a sketch somewhere. I am known to not discriminate. I sketch wherever I can lay my hands on; there may be on a piece of paper, a napkin, a leave, whatever...
The sketch is then blown up at Kinkos and traced into fabric. I use cotton but have also used silk, one of the most strenuous fabric to work on.
Now, this is what I consider to be one of the most complex of the steps, the selection of the colors. I seldom use the basic color. I must confess, I never select them in advance, never sit to arrange them beforehand. It is just not me. The color combination comes in tandem as I move along. Sometimes, they are painted on so to harmonize, others are situated "as asked". You will see what I am referring to later. They are always mixed to create my own color. So, the motto, no one piece is the same because the colors can never be recreated. They could but a hue will be a tad altered somewhere.
I was drawn first to the leave, why I don't know. I just did since it is in the middle. The color was later replaced with a more suitable green.
I did not put much thought into these three colors. They harmonized so perfectly that everything else took off from there. They served as a base and the remainder of the colors were worked around them.
The face begins to take shape. Other colors are introduced.
Much of the face has been done but clearly, there is just something wrong with this picture. It is too heavy, dusky and not gracious at all.
Yes, his nose is no longer brown but placid. What a difference a nose makes?
Add the lining.
Tack and sew all the layers, there are at least three, together.
And voila. You got yourself a 64"x37" tapestry!
Clover Canyon," said designer Rozae Nichols created a masterpiece collection. Cuba, Havana-themed motifs like classic Caddy cars, cigars, tropical fruit, jute, and vibrant mosaic tiles, was the destination but any spy would see that they dabbed a bit into African prints. The collection has my name on it. Love, love everything about it and wouldn't mind to buy the whole thing. My closet would be screaming not enough space so, I digress. Enjoy it! To view more, click on Clover Canyon
My art work was in display last weekend among many other artists.
Decorative pillows on white fabric and adorned with silk.
The newest creation. I am yet to name it.
I love it when my work peeks anyone’s interest. It is a mix of paint, embroidery, fabric.. it is not quilt but tapestries.
They wanted to know if it was hand painted or I used something else because of the precise lines.
It takes practice. Practice, practice, practice…
He uses recycled engineering fuses to make the trees and now, he began making wall decor with zippers. Cool idea right?