Ruffled Flowers May 2009
April is the month that I attend an annual art retreat and have time to spend with art friends and learn new techniques. I created this fabric from a doodle I did in one of the classes. The new ruffle technique I learned from one of my art friends. This piece still has a lot of work to go, but I love how it looks already. This is MAY's page and was started after the retreat.
The Beaded Journal Project is a year long challenge that asks participants to create a fabric journal page for each month that captures the experience of that month, for the artist. We began this journey in September 2008. I chose to create a shrine style page with the concept of a sculptural book that would both stand and have doors that opened onto the beaded pages. The project has gone through different phases of development and is not yet complete. Finishing a project of this nature (hiding the stitching, making all surfaces presentable) is turning out to be a challenge. This is the first time I have done beaded artwork on this level. I am excited about what I have learned so far.
This is the 9th page in the series. Each shrine page will close with a tied ribbon and the back will have a written statement about the piece. Each piece is machine quilted using a variety of printed, batik, and hand-painted fabrics, then embellished with ribbon, lace, trim and beads. The beads are glass beads in many sizes, shapes and types.
You can follow and read more about this series on my blog Sheba Kitty Productions