May 21, 2013

Five for Four, $88

I am still offering five pillows for $88 through the end of May -- buy five for the price of four. Individual pillows are still $22 each.

Before the recession, I lowered the price from $24 for individual pillows to $22, even as my cost of materials continued to rise.  Despite a poor economy we still want to treat ourselves and our friends to something nice.

Here are examples of what remains in stock.  Please email me with your selections and your phone number.  If you are uncomfortable with this method, I can post your selections in my ArtFire account, and you can pay from there.

Thank you for continuing to support an independent artist.





There are several more to choose from in the multi-green (top) and and in the floral yukata cotton (left).  If you are interested in seeing the others from these fabrics, please let me know.  




May 14, 2013

Cloud Nine

Poor, lonely, unfinished canvases...  That's what happens when there are design and skills hurdles, plus art shows to prepare for.  These two canvases have been cluttering up my sewing room since February which you can read about here and here.  Mainly, I've been stuck on clouds, how to draw them and then come up with textural construction.  With the help of my friend Leland Wong, I am using his clouds for reference.  I have the skills to trace, but not to draw.  The goal is to finish the bulk of the work by Friday night.

Photocopied clouds are being interviewed for placement.


I traced Leland's clouds onto tissue paper (off white and blue).


It was especially tedious to cut the blue pieces, but when it's more difficult, somehow it's more fun.  (Did I really say that?!)


Four layers of tissue cut easily with sharp shears.


Gel medium is the glue I'm using to adhere blue tissue to off-white tissue.  Wet tissue stretches and tears easily.  I had to be careful.  It wasn't fun when one of the pieces folded back onto itself, grr!


Actually, the title of today's post should be Cloud Ten, since there are ten pieces, but I'm still in heaven when I'm creating -- such elation and exhilaration!

May 2, 2013

The Chinese Opera Series

My mind wanders as I work at my table.  While collaging images of Chinese opera actors onto wood beads, I remembered the operas I attended as a child.  My now-90 year old aunt used to take her mother, my grandmother, to the theatre.  Grandma and Auntie wanted me to go too because they knew I would like the costumes.  Grandma was tiny, about 4'8", and her feet had been bound when she was young.  At the time, I was little enough to sit on Grandma's lap.  You know how little kids wiggle and can't sit still and ask lots of questions, right?  My poor Grandma!  I remember fluid sleeves, screechy high voiced singing, clanging cymbals, peanut shells on the theatre floor, and the way the long pheasant feathers in headdresses moved fluidly when actors snapped their heads.  Love of fabric and embellishments was instilled at an early age.

This series of bookstrings was a joy to make.  The more I explore this medium, the more fun I have. Descriptions of each bead read from left to right, and top to bottom.  If you are interested in one or more, please write to me (see sidebar) with your phone number and I will call you.  Identify the bookstring you want by the Shakespearean quote on the back of the bamboo beads.  Bookstrings are $22 each; Priority mail is $5.80.

Reminder:  I'm offering "four plus one" on lavender pillows through the end of May.

SOLD Brass, Czech brown/green glass, olive wood, Czech brown/green glass, vintage Peking glass pink teardrop with kingfisher feathers on metal sleeve; Brass, ceramic, wood, glass, brass and collaged bamboo "Is the day so young?"  

SOLD Northern African glass, reproduction Chinese coin, Czech brown/blue glass, Czech brown/blue glass, and collaged bamboo "I take the at thy word"; Brass, olive wood, brass, green chevron, brass, and vintage Peking glass green teardrop with kingfisher feathers on metal sleeve

SOLD Wood, pressed glass, green chevron, brass, and green cocoa agate slab;
Orange glass, brass, olive wood, and collaged bamboo "Did my heart love till now?"

SOLD Wood, reproduction Chinese coin, olive wood, glass,  black painted wood, wood,  and collaged bamboo "When you are old and grey and full of sleep, And nodding by the fire, take down this book," by William Butler Yeats; Czech stripe glass, glass olive wood,  lampwork pink glass by Linda Rae Anderson, and vintage Peking pink glass teardrop with kingfisher feathers on metal sleeve

SOLD Green chevron, green Czech glass stripe, and vintage Peking glass green teardrop with kingfisher feathers on metal sleeve; Black wood, Czech glass stripe, brass, yellow glass, and collaged bamboo "as boundless as the sea"

SOLD This is my favorite of the group:  Wood, faux red cinnabar, Czech stripe glass, ceramic green/gold/white swirly disc, Czech stripe glass, and brass; Pressed yellow glass, Czech brown stripe glass, olive wood, and green cocoa agate slab. 

Wood, reproduction Chinese coin, brass, Czech brown stripe glass, purple lampwork glass by Linda Rae Anderson, and vintage Peking glass pink teardrop with kingfisher feathers on metal sleeve; Brass, wood, glass, Czech blue stripe glass, handmade purple glass by Linda Rae Teagarden, and collaged bamboo "Thou talk'st of nothing"

SOLD Brass, wood, green chevron, wood, and vintage Peking green glass teardrop with kingfisher feathers on metal sleeve; Glass, olive wood, brass, black wood, brass, smiling Buddha, and metal feathers

SOLD Northern African glass, faux red cinnabar, and collaged bamboo "Thus with a kiss I die"; Czech green stripe glass, reproduction Chinese coin, Czech green stripe glass, green glass, olive wood, and vintage Peking green glass with kingfisher feathers on metal sleeve

SOLD Brass, black wood, olive wood, blue glass, wood, and collaged bamboo "I dreamt a dream tonight"; Pressed yellow glass, olive wood, brass, and vintage Peking green glass with kingfisher feathers on sleeve

Pressed glass, black wood, olive wood, and vintage Peking green glass teardrop; Wood, glass, brass, ceramic wood, and collaged bamboo "You kiss by the book"

SOLD Czech green stripe glass, faux cinnabar, wood, and collaged bamboo "Parting is such sweet sorrow"; Glass, olive wood, blue glass, and green cocoa agate slab

SOLD Bone, glass, reproduction Chinese coin, Czech green stripe glass, presssed glass, and  vintage Peking green glass teardrop; Wood, olive wood, brass, and bamboo collaged "With a tender kiss"

SOLD Blue glass hat, face, brass, faux cinnabar, and Czech blue stripe glass; Northern Africa glass, black wood, black lampwork glass by Linda Rae Anderson, and vintage Peking green glass teardrop 

Wood, olive wood, brass, blue lampwork glass by Linda Rae Anderson, and collaged bamboo "O, it is my love!"; Brass, olive wood, brass, blue glass, wood, and vintage Peking green glass teardrop  


Four Plus One?!

Throughout the month of May, lavender-filled pillows are specially-priced at $88 for four, plus one bonus.  Individual pillows are still recession-priced at $22 (previously $24 -- see how I love you?!). Each pillow measures approximately 9"x5" and contains 4 oz. of pure lavender buds from the Provence region of France.  Nearly all fabrics are vintage.

Lavender's calming quality makes your nightstand a good place to keep it.  Some of my customers sleep with them under their pillows, although that might be too strong for some.  Another place is the back of a chair where you frequently sit.  Each time you sit against it, the buds crush a little which releases the fragrance.  Its perfume will last for several years.

Priority mail for a set of five is $7 (domestic) and will be on your doorstep in two days.  Email me (see sidebar) with your phone number and I will call you.  Call soon -- I will be hawking my wares at Talmadge Art Show on Sunday (details also on sidebar), so follow your nose to the heavenly lavender scent for the same special price.  Thank you for supporting an independent artist!

Hong Kong brocades were brought to the U.S. in the late 1950s and early 1960s when it was the only part of China that outsiders could visit.
More Chinese brocades
Japanese fabrics were once part of kimono or obi
Japanese obi
Japanese kimono and obi
Japanese kimono
Japanese kimono
Japanese kimono
Japanese kimono and obi
Japanese obi
New shibori-dyed silk is from the workroom of Doshi