Just before I went into labor with the baby, I attended a two-day workshop with fiber artist, Susan Lenz. Class was wonderful and got me super excited about making things. Susan uses a combination of fast (burning and machine stitching) and slow (hand stitching and beading) techniques and does a ton of transformation of ugly items into things of beauty. I loved class.
Unfortunately for you, I did a terrible job taking photos during class -- i.e. I didn't take any. But I do have photos of some of the things I made in class. I actually walked away with FOUR finished pieces and several more in-progress. Here are the four finished pieces:
The photos truly do not do these pieces justice. There's so much dimension and texture and shine. They're really lovely and I'm excited to find some shadow box frames to put them in so that I can put them up on my walls. I love them that much!
One of the most interesting parts of class was choosing mats for some of the pieces. Susan made a living as a framer for many years before becoming a professional artist. These next few pieces are very much works-in-progress, but I thought I'd share the "before" and "after" of matting:
It's amazing what a bit of focusing the eye can do! I'm looking forward to finishing these four pieces...though I suspect it may take me a while with the baby running the show around here. Nonetheless, you know my art philosophy: a little bit every day builds up to lots of finished art!
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