Here are all the new pieces I was working on for the "Organic Expressions" show, I hope you like them and send me a comment.
Three Worlds of Tatiana
This earth loving piece has two types of seed pods, glass beads, leather, wool, parts of a palm tree and blue yarn. When you place it around your neck you can hear the seeds that are locked inside the pods. Enjoy being part of nature when you wear this piece.
Seeds of Florida
This piece started with part of a palm tree I found. I thought it was very beautiful and looked like a crown. I added raw wool fiber so it would not lose it's natural look and feel. The bead you see on the bottom right corner, comes from Africa and is made of bone. I used a metal chain and silver wire to make the piece more metropolitan and modern. The mix of natural objects like the shells and the metal chain is how I see my surroundings here in Florida.
America the Beautiful
The dress was inspired and made from a quilt that is over 100 years old from the mountains of North Carolina. Antique lace, tea dyed embroidered fabric and silk and cotton yarn were brought together to make this "American" dream dress. A rooster, a typical farm animal is depicted on the ivory carved brooch found on the front of the dress. The ivory piece is from Japan and has Japanese writing. I loved using it on this "America the Beautiful" dress, showing that we are a nation of mixed cultures and mixed beauty. Like the streams found in the mountains of North Carolina, the beads and burlap water fall down the side of the dress. The quilted material is free form machine embroidery which creates an unusual texture.
Charlie Parker's Delight
This Dress was inspired by a 1920's dress I had that was falling apart and I just couldn't let it disappear. I took as much material as I could from the antique dress and mixed it with this new amazing fabric that looks like plastic but is far from it. Hanging from the front are two antique velvet flowers. The back is really sexy. The lace is transparent so you can see the skin underneath. Red silk and gold crochet follow the line of the dress in the back. You can also find small ribbons and beaded flowers in the front of the dress on the blue silk fabric the was also machine embroidered.
Wool and Wood necklace
About the wood used: Lignum Vitae, Latin for "wood of life," is a tropical American evergreen tree of the genus Guajacum. The hard, dense, and durable wood, obtained chiefly from G. officinale and G. sanctum, is important for ship construction and other uses requiring strength and hardness. The trees are grown in Florida and California for ornament. They also yield guajacum, a gum resin used in certain drugs. Lignum Vitae is the national flower of Jamaica.
I used raw lama wool and crocheted it into a cocoon like strand using black silk yarn.
You can wear it in a single long strand or wrap it around your neck twice for a fuller look.
Nesting Time for Dylan
This necklace was inspired by the birth of my nephew. My sister was doing the mother nesting thing and is living in Boston. The recycled fox fur gives a warm and feathery look to the piece. The coral stone and glass beads represent me being far from her, here in Florida. Chains, silver wire, and wrapped yarn are the bonds that will always keep us together. Last but not least is Dylan, my beautiful nephew with his big blue eyes. Can you see what piece represents him?