Monday, April 13, 2009

New pieces that premiered at the Gallery

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.

Homage to Stephen Sprouse

The bracelet has a stiff structure. The structure of the piece is soldered brass and copper and is lined in the interior with black velvet. A mix of green and neon green beads adorn the outside along with a bright pink "flake" like yarn. Nuno felted antique cotton lace is what you see popping out of the felt to create this unique surface, which can not be duplicated. Bits of sari silk also make a bright impression with it's vibrant purple fiber.
These colors and the graphics I used brought to mind the work of Stephen Sprouse. The designer that made neon clothes actually look good.

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?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Exciting as usual. Welcome back to the blog.

April 14, 2009 at 4:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I truly love the fact that each piece is a different animal on each side-Its never predictable or boaring, thank goodness! At each look I see some small detail I might have missed the first time around. The Three Worlds of Tatiana intrigues is SO BOLD! How did you end up naming the piece after her? Why 3 worlds specifically? Charlie Parker is my favorite of this group of pics-I can see it at an elegant & very upscale party, it makes you dream...Miss T in the ATL

April 16, 2009 at 6:38 PM  
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April 18, 2009 at 3:59 PM  
Blogger Rosetung said...


are amazing.

there is definitely some kinda beautiful kahlo ghost in you.

April 21, 2009 at 10:35 PM  
Blogger HookandScumble said...

This is my first visit to your blog, your work is an inspiration.

April 22, 2009 at 7:57 AM  
Blogger Jacket said...

Your pieces are unbelievably gorgeous!

i absolutely adore the idea of a quilted dress!


May 5, 2009 at 11:03 AM  
Blogger noa said...

Wow!! Your pieces are so unique and pretty! I really love them!

June 10, 2009 at 1:10 PM  
Blogger Francie. said...

all your things are so detailed. how lovely

June 22, 2009 at 2:22 AM  

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