Artifact (13" x 13") I think this is the first time I embedded objects under cloth. I had cut some clothespins in half, and sewn them on, and printed them on cloth, and even sewn some captured under a netting. So how else could I attach one? After I got that first clothespin embedded, I could see all the possibilities for creating layers of meaning in my art. By the way - those round things that look like small wheels? Those are the ends of plastic spools. After I use up all the thread, I cut the ends off with a saw.
I made this one before going to Peters Valley, and was chomping at the bit to explore further.
Evidence of Textile Production ( 29"h x 32"w) Oh, yes, another mishmash compositionally, but what a glorious hodgepodge of techniques! There's embedded crochet, more crochet dancing off under an opening, clothespins under netting, printed clothespin images and a line of discharged clothespins at the top. And the whole thing is framed on bars and rods from a wooden drying rack.
Artifact #2 (20"h x 28"w) This one actually holds together (compositionally) pretty well - the matching bits of crochet on each side, with the larger image in the center, and the green edges. There's deconstructed crochet printing overlaid with the original crochet, and circles from a yo-yo quilt with their deconstructed cousins. The round bit, center bottom, that looks like the wrapping from a cupcake, is one of the yo-yos that I cut open.
Artifact #3 (20"h x 18"w) Lots of deconstructed clothespins and printed ones and real ones cut in half and sewn over and under. I had made a thermofax screen and used that to print these images. I do like the depth I can get by making a round bound-buttonhole opening and then having some clothespins half-embedded, with printed images behind them.
Both Artifact #2 and #3 are framed on very basic reconfigured drying racks.
This will be my last posting for 2 weeks....a little holiday break. On January first, I'll be back with more Domestic Archaeology.
Hope you have a quiet, peaceful time, broken only by the noise of loving family.