I love them. They come in so many forms, often at unexpected times. Like this last one from a trip to Powell’s Bookstore.
First a little backstory: I’ve lived in Portland for over 20 years. Powell’s, as utterly amazing as it is, is now super cool to me when I watch new people visit. Big eyes and the whole ‘….oh my…’ never gets old. With some family in town a visit seemed appropriate, but it was a super busy weekend and I immediately lost track of everyone. Content to wander I thought about looking for a cookbook when the craft aisle caught my eye. Down I wandered, mostly looking at shelf titles: ‘Mosaics’, ‘Knitting’, ‘Papermaking’, and so forth, when a very cool cover captivated me.
Author Tracie Lyn Huskcamp’s “Nature Inspired” had me completely hooked after turning only a few pages. It is a mixed-media technical gold mine, with a very heavy emphasis on fiber and nature themes. Right up my alley! Some things I knew, most I did not and it was only a few hours later that I was back in the studio putting some new techniques into practice. Here’s a sample of what I’m doing:
It is a Townsend’s Warbler painted onto unbleached muslin. There are several other elements that will go into the piece, vintage applique, some layering effects and a sleek custom built frame. While not a woven piece it does feel like weaving in the sense that each element must interact with the others, strengthen each other, in order to create a complete whole. I will definitely post a picture soon!