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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Silkwood



It is a pleasure to be able to put closure on a project that has eaten up so many studio hours. Daughter Michelle came over today for a fitting and to model for me so I could get some pictures.
Silkwood is a sculptural wearable representing the contrast between inner vulnerability and external resilience and joyfulness.

It is made of artist dyed habotai silk layered with Thermore synthetic batting and quilted nearly forever. . . .

I began this project with great trepidation but it has been far more successful than I dared hope. There were so many opportunities for failure - working with so many layers of such fine China silk (which moves all over the place and is really challenging to work with!) Replicating the color in my dyeing was also a big challenge, and I used every single inch of the fine silk I dyed for this piece.

After it was all quilted and all the edges were finished - I took the risk of applying paintsticks to the exterior surface. This was very scary - (actually - working on this piece was all very anxiety inducing), but having quilted it all successfully - and without any serious problems - it seemed kind of crazy to take an additional chance by drawing all over it with paintsticks! First, I masked off the branches, but the root system was so complex and narrow that I had to just go freehand.

I plan to do more work with the paintsticks and to add more beads. I expect I'll be sewing beads on this thing for the next several months!

11 comments:

Vicki W said...

Breathtaking!!

Wild Thread Studio said...

A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! This will deserve a spot in a top notch museum. Beautiful

Ruth said...

This is a gorgeous piece - and so much detail. I agree with Vicki - it takes your breath away.

Meg in Albuquerque said...

This is wonderful, all I can do is agree with Vicki...its wonderful.

Carol said...

Absolutely Stunning!!! You never cease to amaze. I hope I get to see it IRL!

Michele said...

Wow, this is absolutely STUNNING. Congratulations on a beautiful piece.

Katherine Regier said...

Beautiful and graceful, it must just flow as it moves!

Nikki said...

The dress and cloak are amazing!And your daughter is beautiful. I wish I could see all the detail up close in real life.

Vivien said...

Wow!

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rupr said...

Gorgeus! It looks fantastic!