Inspirations Issue 67 features worksofhands

29 07 2010

I would like to thank Inspirations Magazine for the article featuring my story and photos of  my works in it. Thank you for the copy of the issue too!

This is Inspirations´biggest issue ever (1st issue in 1993)!

A preview from the article:

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Botanical Specimens: Corncockle and Dragonfly

11 07 2010

Started: July 1, 2010

Finished: July 11, 2010

No. of hours: 21 hours

Materials: cotton threads, silk threads, metallic threads, wool yarn, rayon threads, wire, organza, organdie, fake leather, muslin, beads, white satin cloth

Finally, I am trying the very intimidating technique of stumpwork. I am using Jane Nicolas´book Medieval Stumpwork Flora.

I learned a lot about materials and Jane Nicolas´style. I also gained confidence. I will try to make her other projects.





Embroidered Lifebuoy

24 06 2010

I volunteered to be a costume assistant to Arianne Cardoso´s performance on Saturday, June 26. Her concept and video filming entitled Der Nähkasten (The Sewing Box) is inspired by the book Berlin Childhood around the 1900s by Benjamin Walters, written by Benjamin Walters who was an exiled Jewish. His book is a collection of intimate memories of Berlin when he was still living there. He committed suicide before the book was published.

The performance was in accordance to the Arts Festival “48 Stunde Neukölln”. Read more in german: http://www.48-stunden-neukoelln.de/2010/

You can read more about Arianne´s works here: http://www.ariannevitale.daportfolio.com/

Aside from finishing the great costumes and assisting in the costume fitting, I also embroidered this buoy.

Started and Finished today: June 24, 2010

No. of hours: 9hours

The Gothic German fonts are padded with cardboard and satin-stitched.

I corrected the slanting “e” in the word “Berliner”.

The buoy was sewn into a bouy and attached to an air-blown tube. Here are photos during the day of the performance.

Off the streets:

Successful performance:

congratulations!

Other artists were Odile Hautemulle (Costume Design), Stephanie Hanna (Performance), Akemi Nagao (Movement/Dance), Thiago Bartolozzo (Stage/Set Design), Ilaria Soncini (Fashion/Costume Design) and Marise Cardoso (Music/Sound Design).

Here is the flyer to the performance:





Photos of early embroideries

14 06 2010

Beautiful Bird (added border and stumpwork butterfly) by Dimensions Gold Collection Petites (2007)

Started: April 18, 2007

Finished: April 25, 2007

No. of hours: 53 hours

Dimensions: 25 cm x 10.5 cm

Materials: cotton floss, metallic threads, watercolored paper, evenweave

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With This Ring Wedding Sampler (added more stitches) by Sweetheart Tree (2007)

Started: April 18, 2007

Finished: April 25, 2007

No. of hours: 38 hours

Dimensions: 34 x 10.5 cm

Materials: Cotton floss, beads, gold coated rings, evenweave

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Sunflower by Kaya-san (2007)

Started: March 30, 2007

Finished: March 31, 2007

No. of hours: 11 hours

Materials: DMC cotton floss, evenweave

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Wedding Sampler (altered words) by Teresa Wentzler (2006)

Started: August 11, 2006

Finished: September 22, 2006

No. of Hours: 98 hours

Dimensions: 10 x 11 inches

Materials: Cotton floss, Mill Hill beads, Kreinik metallics, Rayon floss, evenweave

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A Year of Love (altered words) by Marie Barber (2005)

Started: Sept. 2, 2005

Finished: Sept. 22, 2005

No. of Hours: 20 Days

Dimensions: 32.5 x 34 cm

Materials: DMC Floss, beads, metallics, evenweave

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Antique Wedding Sampler (altered Words) by Cross My Heart, Inc. (2005)

Started: January 10, 2005

Finished: February 19, 2005

No. of hours: 40 days

Dimensions: 200W x 280H (count)

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Camelot Sampler by Teresa Wentzler (2004)

Started: August 20, 2004

Finished: November 1, 2004

No. of hours: 169 hours

Dimensions: 22.5 x 16 inches

Materials: Cotton floss, beads, metallic threads, evenweave





“Pau” Appliqué

6 05 2010

Started: May 3, 2010

Finished: May 6, 2010

Number of hours: 21 hours

Materials: japanese cotton printed fabrics, cotton threads

Dimensions: 34cm x 48cm

Description: “Pau” is the Catalan word for peace. The iris stands for good communication and the helmet took over a new job as flower pot.

This is my first Appliqué project and I am learning a lot. It is hand-quilted and has hand embroidered details. I refer to the photos on the japanese books I bought from agomago in Florence. Though I do not understand japanese, the photos are easy to understand. You can read more about these books in my library and where to buy them.

Here´s the appliqué plan:

1. Choosing the fabrics

2.Ironing and Cutting the Fabrics (I used a light box, transfer papers, chalk pencils and (disappearing ink) textile pens on transfering the pattern to the fabrics.)

3. Making the bias tape

4.  Sewing the appliqués layer by layer.

Hand-sewing of all appliqué parts finished in one day:

All embroidery finished.

Quilting the pieces (frontpiece, batting and backing) comes next.

Finishing border with mitered corner.

My first appliqué quilt is finished:

Handarbeit / Stickerei in Berlin, Deutschland.





WIP More Trees in Spring

2 05 2010

Started: April 12, 2010

Finished:

Number of Hours:

Materials: DMC Cotton embroidery threads on natural linen

Dimensions: 32cm x 19 cm

Description: This is the 2nd installment to the series of “More Trees”. I brought the project to Florence, Italy and made progress there. I originally wanted to make a sampler of buttonhole stitches. But I changed my mind.

Photo of the sketch:

More Trees in Spring

WIP photo: May 5, 2010 After 27 hours





Mutya ng Telili (Lady of Mt. Telili) (2007)

12 04 2010

This design won 2nd place at the Fiesta Nationwide Needlecraft Competition 2007 organized by Anchor (Coats) and the Needlecraft Association of the Philippines. The winning entries will be exhibited on May 16 for a whole week. I will upload photos of the other winning entries later after the exhibit.

Finished after 215 Hours. Size: 38cm x 47cm on 28ct natural linen. Fertility Belt is over one thread. I used Anchor threads specifically for the contest. I used chalk beads and metallic gold thread for the accessories.

As I was starting to embroider, I changed the design of the necklace and added bracelets. I also added anklets to both feet. I used cut sequins as glass mirrors on the headdress. On the lower right side is my signature. This was my first finished project in 2007.

I grew up watching dances of this ethnic tribe during festivals. Mount Telili is one of the higher grounds around Lake Sebu, the home of the T’bolis and the pineapple, represents Dole Philippines, which has started to operate about 15 years ago, causing the T’bolis to start leaving their ancestral homes. The T’bolis are the original inhabitants of the area. They are now being civilized (also evangelized into Christianity) and their culture is slowly disappearing.


Here is my work area now. I have actual costumes to inspire me.


These are just one of costumes which are in my collection. I have 3 of such beadwoven belts and a very heavy one made of brass. The malong (tubular cloth or sari) is just one of the many designs the tribe has. Part of the cross-stitched embroidered blouse is shown in the picture. Each blouse is unique.

Handarbeit / Stickerei in Berlin, Deutschland.








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