Thoughts from my Husband....

Patrick said the kindest words the other day! He had always supported my artistic inclinations and endeavors. He’s a master craftsman, and makes the frames for the custom, commissioned window panels I make.

He came into the studio yesterday while I was arranging all these colors for a new piece. Wool, mohair, and a smidge of silk. Patrick remarked that I used many of the same colors in my work. But then he continued with “but you could arrange the same colors in the same pattern and make the same size vessel, but no two would look alike”. How kind is that comment?

So I got to thinking about that, and he’s right. Absolutely spot on. Two colors next to each other “blend” into each other as I sew, the machine pushing then into each other. Then there’s no way I could place layers of paint in the exact way over and over again and have the same result in different pieces.

I suppose this is one of the joys of being a “maker”, of taking an idea and transforming it into a tangible object.

“Floaty” rainbow sherbert silk!

“Floaty” rainbow sherbert silk!

The largest piece....

...I've ever done!  The pic below is of what, will be, a large bathroom window.  It is the commission piece I've had so much fun doing!   The left side show a finished panel.  Just the sewn fibers.  The right side is after a first coat of resin has been applied.  The blue tape indicates the placement of the dogwood grove and the rhododendron shrubs.   

Once both panels have two coats of resin and  painted embellishing here and there, I'll do two more coats of resin.  In between those, I'll set in the organic elements:  oat straw, beeswax, rhodiola branch, and a little magic!  Trust me, when these pieces are mounted, they will look like stained glass!

This is the trill of creating a commission piece:  designing for a specific space in a home or business, with the hobbies and interests of the about "to be owners" in mind!