Wednesday, May 27, 2009

From Chaos comes Peace



This is the piece I was speaking about a few weeks ago. It is hand embroidered on water colored muslin. The center of the piece is an embroidered tangle of threads and it flows out from there in a peaceful flowy way.

My life is still in the chaotic phase. My son was on the waiting list for the prom and he got his tickets yesterday for the prom which is Saturday. We went to get his tuxedo and thankfully it was an easy and quick process and his date is going for her dress today. We are also filling out his college courses and that has been a bit more of an ordeal.

As far as my work goes. My work was accepted into a new gallery that is opening in Troy and I was not accepted as a member of an artist coop which I applied to. I feel I may have muddied the water by submitting older work(which I am currently not doing)instead of concentrating on my framed hand embroidery. But whatever will be will be and I guess that was an opportunity not meant to be(at least for now). I guess just the idea that I am putting my work out there in the universe to be juried should give me comfort.

I hope your day is going well and you are happily stitching!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Just Catching Up

I have so many wonderful things going on but none of them are quite ready to share yet. My dream is to have a life as an artist that validates itself after no longer being a stay at home mom. To do the work and find the outlets and just work, be it big or small, embroidered or knit I want to stitch a life for myself now that my son is although not flying the coop physically is flying the coop for all intensive purposes. It started in September as I realized this was a year of last mommy moments and has reached a fever pitch since his 18th birthday and is rolling along picking up steam as we near graduation and college.

So finally I am taking baby steps and they seem to be leading me to my life after stay at home mommydom(yes I'll still be a mother but not quite in the same way). I've been putting my work out in my little corner of the world and it seems as if I will be able to keep working. So I've got a bunch of wonderful things to share which hopefully will finalize on different days so I don't have to invent something to talk about.

So stitching, stitching, stitching I will go and I'll be back soon hopefully with really good news right about the time my stay at home mom moniker expires! Blessings to you all. Follow your dreams and share your good news too! Happy Stitching!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Warrior/Inspire Me Thursday

This is the definition of warrior as per dictionary.com
1. a person engaged or experienced in warfare; soldier.
2. a person who shows or has shown great vigor, courage, or aggressiveness, as in politics or athletics.

Some days when I embroider I feel like a warrior armed with my embroidery needle. Looking to find peace and joy with my needle. Trying to escape those things that make me feel like a different type of warrior.

Some days I think we all feel like a beast or a warrior, willing to fight with anyone about anything. Those kind of days are so difficult that we all need some sort of outlet to fight against those negativities. For me the answer is my embroidery needle. It never fails to bring me peace(and no not by sticking the other person with my embroidery needle). It brings me back to my center stitch by stitch by stitch. It's meditative and puts my attention on the one thing that will calm me down. I'm one of those people that picks up whatever energy is in my environment be it a positive energy or a negative one. It's something I've just recently become aware of(ironically when I am embroidering and something negative pops into my sphere of attention). It's like a big negative wind just blew in to see if it can upset my peace and tranquility. Sometimes it does(and I put down the embroidery) and sometimes I just work through it with stitch after stitch.

I don't really have anything else to talk about as I am in the aftermath of a foul wind and need to embroider instead of being a warrior but the point of this warrior post is to remind everyone that we all need stress relievers, something that can tame our warrior heart so that it cannot be so damn destructive. Find your embroidery and become a warrior for peace. Happy stitching.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Zoom, zoom, zoom!



This is the latest project I am working on and zoom, zoom, zoom well that is my life at the moment. So much work to do, so much going on with son graduating next month and going to college in a few, not to mention some work related excitement(and pressure). I'm zooming in and out and trying to embroider enough to center myself and bring myself some peace in the midst of all this chaos.

About the piece it is a hand embroidered turtle on watercolored muslin and the zoom is the detail of the background. I have a few more circles and it will be done and then off to the framing process and then I'll share it. I am thrilled with the way it is turning out and it is a slight departure from my usual work.

Well short and sweet(hopefully) and off to read my bloggy friends. Keep stitching. See you soon if I stop zooming quickly enough!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Flamethrower



This is Flamethrower finally finished and matted and framed. It is hand embroidered on watercolored muslin. I am really beginning to enjoy watercoloring the fabric and it adds so much to the piece. At first it was just a way to add interest but now I find it almost almost as creative as the embroidery itself. Funny how something you've never done before changes something you have so entirely. Now I look at pieces that I've done previously on plain muslin and I think they are missing something.

I've also been adding other aspects of embroidery to my pieces such as french knots(my all time favorite) and other details that I love to do. I used to think that the main part of my art was just the hand embroidered main element but now I realize that the little touches some time make the main element pop. Especially the french knots in a contrasting color. Flamethrower has no contrasting elements as the piece itself pops due to the variation of colors I used and I thought any further details might overwhelm the whole piece. What do you think?

I have wonderful news that I forgot to tell you all. My friend Cheryl(she makes beautiful glass beads and stained glass) and I have been accepted into Tight Knit which is an indie event in Troy that runs in conjunction with the Troy Farmer's Market. We are doing 4 Saturdays and Cheryl is so good at her business acumen that I am thrilled to be working with her and learning from her at the same time. If you are in the Troy area and interested in what days we will be there just drop me an email and I'll be happy to tell you the dates. There are a few other things I'm interested in and applying to, I'll let you know more about them when they are finalized.

Oh well that's it for today. Back to work. Happy Stitching.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Petals/Inspire Me Thursday



Petals! What lovely fragile parts of a flower. When I think of petals I see them falling softly to the ground after the bloom has gone. I think of rose petals on the bed(from television not my own life too much cleanup). I think of their lovely scent and how fragile and quickly time flies and they are gone replaced hopefully by different blooms and different petals.

My friend Mendofleur had a beautiful petal jacket on her blog a while ago(a truly great submission for Inspire Me Thursday, so you can find it at http://mendofleur.com/2009/04/14/petal-jacket/ for yourself if she doesn't share it). It captures the petal just perfectly and is a real work of art so please go and see it. I love it and I know you will too. It reminds me once again how we are all a part of a whole and connected and yet we are petals that have fallen off the flower and have blown away. Her work is lovely.

As for my own petals, this is my handful of flowers. It is one of my favorite hand embroidered hands and does fit the topic. I am just about finished with my current piece flamethrower and will share it soon! Happy Stitching! May your petals blow in the sunshine and a cool breeze.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Symbols and Circles ReDo



Hi All! I spent my Mother's Day joyfully revamping Symbols and Circles. Still not sure I like it but I like it better then it's previous incarnation, it gave me a couple of hours of blissfully joyful french knotting, it's a bit more interesting, and more reflective of my current work. So that is that and I will now have it at my future shows and maybe it will even make another appearance at Katbird.

I am still working on my flame thrower hand and only have a few flamethrowing fingers left. It's on watercolored fabric and the colored fabric makes such a big difference and I enjoy painting on the fabric too. I had a wonderful Mother's Day, nice peaceful and embroidery filled. I hope you all had a wonderful Mother's Day too. There are a lot of great things on my links so please take a look if you have a chance. They are so inspiring to me I hope they do the same for you. Keep Stitching!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Blurry Mistycolored Memories of Mom



This is a picture of a picture of my mom, my grandmother, my great grandmother and Me on my 16th Birthday. It's the only picture I have of the 4 of us and one of the few pictures I have of my mom, my grandmother, my greatgrandmother and me as we are a long line of moms who equate having our picture taken with having a tooth pulled out. I'm sorry it's so blurry but maybe that is the way it's supposed to be in honor of the 4 of us camera shy people.

My mother was the best. Simply the best. Because of tragedy I ended up with the most fabulous mother. Because she lost a son she was so good to my brother and I. I loved to play cards and knit so she played cards with me and tried to learn how to knit(I tried to teach her how to knit but I didn't have the patience, silly me). My brother loved chess and she learned how to play chess with him. A lot of people say their mother was their best friend but mine really was. Although we didn't have her hardly as long as we wanted to we had all of her. Not just parts like my son has of me but all of her. She lived for us and we both knew it every single day.

My grandmother was a wonderful generous person(as was my paternal grandmother) who was always there when any of us needed her. She outlived my mom and thank god she did because she was an anchor when I needed one. She was a wonderful cook and one of those generous people who just knew had to give and loved doing it. I still have not found a piece of lasagna or an Italian seafood salad as delicious as hers. She was a good listener too. She had a very hard life until she met my grandfather(he's my step grandfather but always was a grandfather to me). But she had such a wonderful relationship with her children and their children that to this day she is still such a huge loss as she was the glue behind all of us and bound us all together.

I don't really remember much about my great grandmother except that she was a lovely elderly woman who only spoke Italian and no English. My wonderful great Aunt Mary lived with her and took care of her and translated for the rest of us. Speaking of mother figures I am thrilled I was able to bring up my Aunt Mary. She was a wonderful woman who loved all of us like her own. She didn't have children of her own and was such a strong independent woman. She lived to be 96 and looked about 65 for most of the last 30 years. She used to have all these bibs including a gold lame one. She was one of the most inspiring women I have ever met.

Oh well that is my tribute to the ladies in my life. They are all up there in heaven together watching over me every day and I am glad I was able to pay a tribute to them. I loved them all very much and am glad that I had such wonderful role models to look up to now that I have my own son. Lately I've been thinking a lot about my mother and how gray I must have made her when I turned 18.

Blessings to all of you. Happy Mother's Day to you and your mothers!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Symbols and Circles



Hi This is Symbols and Circles. It's a piece I made for Katbird Shop when I first started showing my work there. Not sure whether I like it or not. My work now is embellished with other colors and usually on watercolor fabric so may doodle around with it and see what happens. I'm working on a new hand and am debating whether to show it as a wip or just wait until it's finished. I'm also working on an eye glass case as a gift for a friend. I will share it after I present it to her. And I still have a few pieces waiting for a frame.

So now that my son is happily 18 I can share what we did for his birthday. We went down to Citifield and saw a Met Game. What a beautiful new stadium. A pitcher's duel to boot and it didn't rain until the bottom of the 9th. I enjoyed my self so much but was exhausted as we went down on Wednesday, went out to dinner with the inlaws, went to the game and came back early the next morning. So exhausting but it was a great pleasure to embroider my way cross the state of NY. And to see the Mets and to celebrate my son's birthday.

Hope your week was wonderful too and will be back soon with photos(hopefully since both my husband and my son took cameraphone photos).

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Chug, chug, chugging along


Well like the red, red robin I am chug, chug, chugging along. I've started to embroider a lot more so I should have pictures soon. My son's birthday is this week so I may be a bit scarce(This is a recent picture of my son and husband on a trip to Cooperstown. ). He's going to be 18 on Wednesday. He's really a great kid and has been for most of the days of his 18 years. But 18 means he will be a great young man. He's getting ready for college and enjoying his senior year, he may or may not be going to the prom. He is dating a nice girl who crochets and he's looking for a job. Since he is my sunshine after my embroidery(and my hubby) I decided to talk about him. He loves baseball and hockey and knows everything you would want to know about both. Originally he was thinking he wanted to be a sports journalist but the closer he gets to college the more he thinks about that choice. He's a great writer so I kind of hope he thinks about it a bit more. He's tall and think very unlike his short chubby mom(thank god) and very handsome too.

I share so much about my own thoughts and my own work and my own whatever that I thought I'd share something real with you all. So I decided to share my fabulous son with all of you. So if I don't see you the next few days it is because I am celebrating my wonderful son and his 18 years of life and if you do see me I'll have some photos of my other great love. Embroidery. Keep stitching and hugging and kissing those wonderful realistic kids of your own.