Just finished this pillow made of assorted fabric, old and new, including a blue canvas 1960's shower curtain and digital print silk leftover from my scarf . -(click to enlarge)
The burlap strip-construction reminds me of the hay bales in the pastures around here; looking at this photo I realize how much beige and black are part of my visual world.
... also thinking of Howard Hodgkin 's
Unlike a painting hung on the wall, you can turn a pillow and look at in different directions...
...and along can come a cat to sharpen her claws (but she didn't frighten the photographer away).
The black center is cut from strips sewn onto an old sheet. While I was making it, I was thinking that it's kind of like I'm making my own pigments, but with fabric instead of paint.
I liked it so much that I made a couple of more blocks with different fabrics, thinking of construction-- stone walls, bricks, or the wood siding I see around here every day
This one is made with green woven cotton 1960's curtains-- exposed seams and all-- that hung in our den when I was growing up.
This is a current photo, courtesy of Google maps, of the house in New Iberia, Lousiana where we lived when I was little. It looks exactly as I remember it from the mid-1960's. What strikes me is how green it is, tropical bayou climate and all...
Other new works....
This pillow was made as a birthday gift for a friend of mine-- tea-dyed burlap, my old 1920-30's tea-dyed cotton bedspread that I replaced last summer , and a classic (possibly Larsen??) textile in the center. It was mailed last week from here in central Texas to my friend in Florida, but somehow ended up making a detour to Anchorage, as in Alaska??, courtesy of USPS. Hope the baked goods I sent with it survived the adventure.
This one is made of edge-strips-- some trimmed off the bird's nest pillow
Leftovers of leftovers-- a self-generative process.
When I added the block of yellow, I was thinking of grounds of color, specifically the classic Getz/Gilberto album covers with the artwork of Olga Albizu