I just finished two great projects today. Oh what fun. I am working on some things for a book to be published and this is one of them. I have always loved antique and vintage buttons. You can usually spot one in most of my artworks; sort of a calling card presence. For this I used a square of linen fused onto a heavier inter-lining. I am going to hang it by one of Catherine Moore's (www.catherinemoore.com) way cute little hangers. I don't think that you can tell by this photo, but I left some spaces for the eye to rest all around and in some of them I glued Swavorski glass seed beads. Just a bit of sparkle when the light hits them, but it seems to be just the right amount. I really wanted to make some buds from silk ribbons, but part of this assignment was to make them in one to one and a half hours, so the beads, paper flowers and glass leaves had to do for now.
I also finished one of the projects that I am going to submit to Glenny and Cindy for Art and Soul in Portland. I made a four panel screen using dress pattern material coated in beeswax. I am not going to give it all away right now until I can take photos to upload.
Have you read the totally awesome zine that Sarah Fishburn and Angela Cartwright have put together. It is so FABULOUS!!!! I love zines, but what I especially love about this one is that they are using color and the format is so great to show off all of that artwork. Talk about inspiration! Hey, if you haven't gotten a hold of one yet, you can get one from either Sarah's or Angela's site. You can use the links on the side here if you want or go straight to Amazon and demand fast delivery.
I just love to read. It becomes an obsession, especially if I start reading a novel because I can't put it down until I find out what happens all the way through. The same goes for art and crafting books. I look at them all, as well as, read all the magazines I can get my hands on. If I were a rich person, it would not be so much that I would want a Jaguar as much as it would be that I would want an unlimited amount of a&c books to read.
Another really fascinating, awe inspiring and just beautiful to look at book is one that I had not seen on the stands around here, but a friend of mine mailed me a copy and I have to tell you that my eye was in love with everything in there. All of the projects are quite easy to do, as well. Oh yeah, the name of the book is Kokoro no Te (roughly translated means Handmade from the Heart) by Kumiko Sudo. Anyone who loves the perfection of the Japanese translated into small gifts made with fabric and felt, is going to love this and want to make everything in it!! You really need to give it a read and see what I am talking about. Well, I guess that is all the sales pitching I am going to do tonight...but I just had to share these treasures with you so you could get all worked up about some great art in different venues.