Sunday, November 29, 2009

How a Belly Dancer Triptych is Created

It starts with a moment that moves you,
and the thought, I have to make this into a quilt
You take your poor quality pictures and crop,
edit, play with color and value to come up with 3 images of the dancers
Posterize them to accentuate the values in Elements
Make them black and white

Do it again

And again

Print them to desired quilt size, tape together, you like it
but, realize it is not enough
Print color posterized on 8.5” x 11” paper

Print original photos in color on 8.5” x 11”
and think...

Use a light box to trace each figure from original picture on clear plastic,
then trace in the values using the posterized pictures
Scan clear design, print to desired quilt size, and tape together
Print on white 8.5” x 11” paper
Color in with colored pencils, old school style, to figure out colors and values
Spend a lot of time figuring out the right fabrics for values
Trace onto tracing paper
Tweak some values and number on template, flip
Get to work with Wonder Under, trace, press, cut, assemble,
press to hold, repeat, repeat, repeat…
Realize, this is going to take a long time,
but know it will totally be worth it in the end
This is just the beginning.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Primary Chairs

Here is my second chair for Adaptations.

It will be part of a series of 3 chairs called, Primary Chairs

becasue they will be yellow, red and blue, the primary colors.

I wanted the chair to have a white box on it.

To figure out the 2 point prersective for the box

I used tape to create the lines to the 2 vanishing points.

Using the angles of the seat on the chair I was able to figure out the vanishing points.

I used tracing paper to sketch out the cube.

Shiva paint sticks were used to create the shadows.

Black tulle was used to create shading on the cube.

Here are the two chairs together.

The white box represents faith.
The rocks on the yellow chair represents the differnt things or people who help keep you balanced when life is not.

This is a weird shot of the box from a severe right close up angle.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

AQS, Des Moines, Iowa 2009

Here I am proudly standing next to my piece, Patience.

AQS from above.

Yes, those are bras in the above picture.

We got a kick out of this.

SOme of my favorite pieces:

This was a really cool three dimenional piece.

Side view