Deciding how to display each piece of work is always a challenge for me. Do I make it a hanging? Do I wrap it around a canvas? What kind of binding? What kind of backing, matting, and/or rod? I have discovered that Value Village (a thrift store) has many picture frames that can be recycled. This frame was in good condition and the perfect blue. I turned the matting over and covered it with silk habotai. The glass squashed the stitching and hid some of the beauty of the textures so probably would leave it out next time. Photographing without a reflection is also tricky.
Off to look at (yes, and buy too!) some silk fabrics and notions at a local home business. I am on the hunt for a rod to hang my Kashmiri embroidery. The shop owner opens her house just one day a week so while I am on holiday I want to check it out. She also has some vintage kimono fabric pieces.
I started a new project this week. I wanted to practice a Judy Dale curved piecing technique on one of my own designs. That stash I have of beautiful batiks was calling to be used!
So excited! I found a shop in the International Village that sells textiles from Kashmir; Silk Route Treasures. The silk shawls are exquisite. There was also a variety of scarves, blouses, pillow covers and wall hangings. The embroidery was done in silk in traditional patterns. I bought a Tree of Life hanging that I have since read is a very characteristic theme in Kashmir designs. I couldn't resist 2 pillow covers and a shawl. I am such a sucker for silk!
The genuine Pashmina shawls were kept under the counter. The owner brought them out and let us feel them.....ooh my!
p.s. There is the best dollar store in the International Village...Japanese Washi paper with dried flowers embedded in it for $2.00 a sheet! ( well, looks like Washi paper, who knows what it is made of)
Tweaking continues! The next big step is to connect this website with the domain address I now have. This will require some notes and the directions from Weebly, and no doubt, monumental patience. Nothing related to technology seems to come easily, especially when I am learning as I go!
I will be in the exhibit in White Rock! Nothing like a deadline to get me moving. My bio needed updating and there is paperwork to be done for the exhibit. Working on adding gallery pictures to this website. My photography work needs some improvement as do my document skills. Always something new to learn.
Submitted an entry application to the Outside the Box exhibit in White Rock today. My piece is called Brainstorm. I actually did it for a nearly identically themed exhibit at Visions in San Diego but it was not accepted there. I made some changes and added some details that I think made it a better composition and a more finished product. Maybe the jury here will like it? It sure helps to have a deadline for these projects to keep me moving along. Looking forward to some dedicated time this month in my "studio". July flew by with tasks to do and trips away. Now time to stay home!