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Thursday, October 20, 2005

Butterfly girl

Here's the next little image that I'm going to build a collage around! I learned a very valuable lesson through the advice and feedback of my online beading art group. As I worked on the last fabric collage, I was terribly unsettled the whole time. I liked the image, and it was fun and happy, but it just wasn't me. On the one hand, it was a good exercise to use colors that are not my favorites, in combinations that are not my favorites. But maybe...just maybe...I should have stuck to a slightly smaller size. A dear online friend whose opinion I value greatly suggested to me that there was a real split between my jewelry style and my art quilt/collage style. No problem with that, but it led me to some introspection and a certain amount of new understanding about what colors/images/styles/etc I like to work with. And how much embellishment.

I felt the entire time I worked on the last piece as if I were imitating someone else rather than doing my own work! Don't get me wrong ~ I like the piece Sunflowers a lot. But my work is usually considerable smaller, so no matter how much embellishment I throw onto it, it never feels overdone...at least to me :-) I like fabric pieces that are highly embellished and I like ones that are more minimalist, but they have to be SMALL. And of course my bead-embroidered neckpieces are very encrusted. I know that Sunflowers isn't huge, but it is 21 x 15 inches, two to three times bigger than I usually do.

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Nonnafairy said...

Your fabric jewelry pieces are exquisite! What talent you have in your heart & hands! I'm a Texas illustrator/mixed media artist ~ thank you for posting such beautiful images to inspire us all. We don't need to know how you do it, just continue! Best wishes in '08 ~ Nonnafairy

Cyndi L said...

Thank you so much, Nonnafairy! I'm not adding to this blog anymore, but if you'd like to click on my name, it will take you to the new one :-)

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