Sunday

new work!

The opening reception for the Art Bazaar exhibit went off without a hitch! There tons of people there and the fabulous corner location was perfect for walk-ins on a balmy Friday night. Best part - seeing lots of good friends, some that I have not seen in a long long time; second best part - seeing a few red dots even before the opening (you go Kate!).
So now that the social madness is over I thought I'd show you the two pieces that I created specifically to debut at this exhibit and teased with the details in the last post. Here they are: 
Piter's Rooftops 1 
and Piter's Rooftops 2

I tried to photograph my process of creating these pieces, but of course the deeper I got into them, the less photos I took. So.... here is the progress of Piter's Rooftops 1. 
I started with one of the many photos I took of the rooftops of St. Petersburg, Russia this past summer. I cropped and sized and manipulated the photo in Photoshop®, printed on silk organza, pieced, layered on vintage lace curtains (my grandmother's) and silk habotai. That's what you see at the top of this composite. 
Next I put the pedal to the metal and "drew" all the important lines with black silk thread. Since I did not use a stabilizer, the thread tension naturally gathered the fabric and "shrank" my composition (I knew this was going to happen, counted on it and calculated for it). That wonky second image is the result of these shenanigans. 
Next, I pinned my cloth to a balsa wood board, picked out the colors of the cotton variegated thread and started stitching. A work out for the calluses on my finger tips. I worked all the excess fabric into grooves, flattening the gathered areas.
This is when I started forgetting to take photos of my progress even as I remembered to take the detail shots...oh well. There you have the final image. I stretched the stitched cloth over wood stretcher bars, wrapping the fabric all the way around. I didn't piece, just wrapped tightly and trimmed away the excess as I hand stitched everything into place.

There you go... my process... whatcha think?

10 comments:

Sue Reno said...

I think it's fabulous! The technique is interesting, but it's the feeling and expressiveness of the finished work that's really impressive. Wonderful work.

Gerrie said...

I love these. I am enamored of architectural details.

PaMdora said...

The texture and movement of these pieces are beautiful!

Bea said...

beautiful the scrappy look! I'm always interested in walls. But what a work!!

rossichka said...

What a magical work, done so precisely and with attention to all the details! I'm very much impressed, Natalya!!

sukipoet said...

intense and detailed technique. the results are just gorgeous. glad all went well at the opening!

Theresa said...

Amazing details! Beautifully done N!

Vivien Zepf said...

I love this new direction. Brava!

Jeannie said...

I have a soft spot for all things architectural and your artwork captures it so well. There is a feminine quality that you add to hard straight lines that I love. Thank you for sharing Kate's website. Her art is wonderful. Have a beautiful week.

Frieda said...

Really interesting.