Tuesday, July 19, 2016

I ❤️ NY

Recently I took the day off and went to NYC for a bit of inspiration and to catch up with a friend I haven't seen in a long time. It was a lovely day which ended with a wondrous thunderstorm and a great big traffic jam for the way home.

That traffic jam might have ruined the day for me... but! Have I mentioned that I love NYC? I do! So instead of grinding my teeth, I grabbed my phone and snapped a picture each time my car came to a complete stop. Believe me there were a gazillion complete stops.

So for your enjoyment here my favorite snap shots from that fab traffic jam. Next time you might see them reinterpreted in my art with lots and lots of hand stitching!














Tuesday, July 5, 2016

a progress report

It has been a while since I've posted about the mini-series that I am planning to debut at the Armonk Outdoor Art Show. I posted about planning it here and my work on it here. Although my stitching time has been interrupted by the end of the school year festivities and packing for camp madness, I still have managed to get quite a bit done.

Two of the water tower pieces are complete, except for the trimming and the edging. Here are some in progress photos of what I am temporarily calling "water tower 1".
outline stitching
outline stitching
big directional stitches
tiny x's stitching
lot's of x's

The second water tower asked to be even bolder in color. Here are more detail pictures.
I am using a large hoop for these smaller pieces, seems to make the work easier.
outline stitching
outline stitching
big X's
straight lines in all directions
different type of x's
many straight lines of course
This week I hope to spend lots of time in the studio happily stitching "water tower 3".

Happy July to all!

Friday, June 17, 2016

architecturally fitting

I am delighted to have another exhibit opportunity this summer with a group show "Diverse" at the law offices of Ashenfelter, Slous, McDonough and Trefenen in Montclair, NJ. It is a wonderful industrial office space that is a perfect fit for the City Lines series from my portfolio.

Here are a few pictures of the exhibit. The opening reception is past, but of you'd like to see the exhibit and you're not a client at ASM&T, contact me and I'll be happy to show you around.

Architectural Fragments and Urban Perspective
Sunrise and Specular Reflection
Specular Reflection and Architectural Fragments
Sunrise
Home Portraits (on loan) and three different fire escapes

Next up - lot's and lot's of hand stitching! Progress report coming up soon!

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Hanging with Horace

I have the pleasure of exhibiting my art in a lovely historic house which used to belong to Horace Greeley, who was the former editor to the New York Tribune among his other accomplishments. This exhibit is part of a town wide endeavor by the Northern Westchester Artists Guild. It'll be up the entire month of June, so please do pay a visit if you're in the neighborhood.

I am considering myself very lucky to have this exhibit venue as my architecturally inspired pieces are a perfect fit. I have hung most of my City Love Affair series in the two story home. The City Love Affair is my affair with St. Petersburg, Russia, and the romantic architecture fits right in here.

Here a few pictures of my pieces spread out among the historical displays on the first floor:






Upstairs is a whole lovely blue gallery which is now filled with all the large pieces in this series. It is like having a little retrospective!





Hopefully I'll see some pictures from the opening reception soon, but meanwhile here's the artist in situ..

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

in the mail

I shipped off my piece today for the SAQA Auction 2016. Hope it raises lots' of money for this organization that helps provide so many opportunities to artists.

My artwork is a further exploration of fire escapes that I just can't get enough of. I'm calling it Iron Spine 3. The back ground is comprised of re-purposed plastic bags, machine stitched in the skyscraper architectural theme. The fire escape is hand stitched from various ribbons and cotton embroidery floss.



Iron Spine 3 © Natalya Aikens 2016

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

proceeding

I have been steadily, if slowly, progressing on my mini-series. The executive decision has been made that the first mini-series will be ten 6"x6" artworks, and I've edited the photos which will be used for my inspiration. I'll have five fire escapes and five water towers in this first bit.
one version of a fire escape
one version of a water tower
I've started pulling out the plastics for my backgrounds. My batting, which is actually spongy white packing material, has been cut to appropriate size. One of the most enjoyable parts of the process is layering the translucent plastics to see what colors I can achieve. It's almost like layering sheer fabrics, yet different.




I am also using various verbiage of warnings printed on the plastic bags as a part of my palette. In the pictures above you only see bit of that, but I have already started amassing lots and lots verbiage which will be layered between the colored sheets. Here's a preview below...
just a few words...
I hope to start stitching next week!