Blue Fiber Forest

It started with an idea of taking part in the contest. The general theme was "all kinds of fibers". And my first thought was "the forest of fibers" ! Unfortunately life had other plans for me than taking part in the contest but... the seed was sown 🙂 I pulled out all the different types of fabric to build the forest. Fibers galore 100 % natural  - cotton, linen, wool, silk, all of different weights and structures to play with textures. Felted wool on heavily textured linen and plain, thin cotton. With tiny shiny silk trees here and there. And all this in blue (hand dyed by myself!) with hints of red or purple.  Here it is in a full view: It is 18 x 32 in and available for sale HERE.   My newsletter subscribers already know about the changes I'm making in my online presence so here is short info for the rest of you (you better be a subscriber, I tell you - subscribe HERE):
  • I'm slowly withdrawing my art from Etsy (if you want something, buy now!)
  • I will keep Etsy open only for crafty things and custom orders
  • Now the places where you can buy some of my works are HERE and (bigger and more expensive) HERE
  • Of course you're always welcome to contact me directly if you want something special or can't find what you're looking for  🙂 
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Nothing but a yellow tree

Sitting and stitching and suddenly... Klimt? Not really but very close: Who would guess it will turn this way? I only wanted to stitch a tree in golden yellows. I wanted it to shine. And it does as it is mostly silk.  It is 12.5 x 21 in and will brighten up any space 🙂
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Old apple keeper story for the new beginning

Welcome to the New Year!   Here is the "Apple keeper" - textile piece completed on the last day of 2017! One of the many works in progress crossed out, yay 🙂 It is the third in the series and the biggest one so far - 18.5 x 28.5 in. I can't explain it clearly why this image of a tree, woman and the basket of apples stays with me for so long and strong (see the previous ones HERE).  There is this special kind of strength in this delicate apple keeper who forwards it to us in small, red bites which speaks to me.  All of my apple keepers are done in different techniques. This time I was particularly interested in golden background, trying to combine all the different elements into cohesive mosaic with the quality of tapestry. Sounds complicated? So imagine making it 🙂 There's no batting involved, just applique and bits of embroidery (even with silk ribbons). Now let's hope that my Goddess Idunn will be a good sign for a fruitful new year. We'll see...
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Family matters inspired by nature

This is a textile piece created last year and titled "The Family". The idea was born while reading "Seeds of hope" by Jane Goodall - when I've read about old trees keeping the place until the new one is ready to grow on its own, I clearly visualized the scene.

As you can see I've changed my technique a bit mixing elements from applique, quilting and embroidery and making it much more difficult to describe 🙂 But it is not so much about the technique because it simply developed during the process. I wanted it to be in sort of neutral palette so I dyed and over dyed both the trees and the background. And I knew it has to start from the black - just as we come to this world from some unknown darkness. And here is where the fun started. Because while embroidering and beading I was thinking about human families in the terms of nature (biology) and culture. Being the only child of my parents and having just one child myself made it even more inevitable to see it as a real family - just like putting names to the trees 🙂 There are layers of meaning - parents have their separate beads "characteristics" (but with many common elements as they had to meet somehow) and the child received the mixture of both. Every tree has something unique but all of them stay out of the background and the shadows of the past. Mind boggling, isn't it? Let's not forget floating leaves with black lines of genes and DNA. We often wonder where our strong (or weak) points come from. When it comes to my textile talents and skills I know very well that I got them from my grandmas. I knew just one of them (from my dad's side) and she taught me to sew. She was a teacher of mathematics but she knew how to make a dress, a coat or bed linens. And I was very intrigued by her machine so she just taught me how to use it. But the artistic part comes from the other grandma. She wasn't an artist but she was using her stitching skills to beautify everything she touched. How do I know? From my mom who knows nothing about sewing except that she doesn't like it at all. And she is amazed seeing that I know things her mom knew and I do many things (also beyond the textile sphere) just like she did. Maybe it was in her modest sewing box I use ? "The Family" artwork was sold to the parents who wanted it as a gift for the young family of their (adult) kids. They didn't know the story behind but the trees spoke to them and when I shared my thoughts they said they "knew it" without the words 🙂 I've updated my shop with the most recent (smaller in size and framed) trees so if you want one, click HERE. Beside the trees I'm also working on gardens. The black one is available for sale but later this week I hope to finish the newest one so if you want to be the first to see it you better subscribe to my newsletter HERE 🙂
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