New Peace Offerings: “Paix” and “He Ping”

25 07 2009

(French and Mandarin Chinese words for peace)

I was on a caregiving job the whole night and while waiting for the employer this morning, I drew a couple of plants in the terrace. I always bring with me a selfmade sketch pad of watercolor papers DIN A4 size folded in half. So these “Offerings” are the finest in the series.

Faber Castell PITT Artists pen Superfein on watercolor paper

Faber Castell PITT Artists pen Superfein on watercolor paper

Then I went to a hobby shop to buy new pens! I found other nice things to buy, but I decided to buy them only when I need them.
COPIC multi liner 0.05 superfine pen on watercolor paper

COPIC multi liner 0.05 superfine pen on watercolor paper

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Hair Embroidery “Kapayapaan”

10 07 2009

Started July 10, 2009

Finished July 12, 2009

After 20 hours

Human hair on white brocade silk

(Filipino word for Peace)

I took out my hair from my stash and started to learn how to embroider hair all by myself. After a few hours, I am so sure this is not going to be my first and last hair embroidery.

I immediately made use of my latest drawing from the Offering Series, because of the density of the design, in comparison to the earlier drawings. I think this drawing suits hair embroidery because it has only one color. I really love my drawings  and sketches. And I love this hair embroidery technique of making contour lines because it captures the effect of being drawn or sketched in black ink.

I grew my hair long for 2 years and I cut them off all by myself in 2006. I promised myself I will learn how to do hair embroidery one day. And that day is today, July 10, 2009.

July 10 After 4 hours, shown with my own hair

July 10 After 4 hours, shown with my own hair

I never thought the hair I kept was this lot. Although they are not that long, mostly 50cm or 20inches, I can already use the hair for embroidery. My hair does not break that often, but it still takes time to thread every 5 minutes or so, because of the short length. It took me a while to find out the best way to anchor the hair when starting and ending a length.

July 10 After 5 hours, with sewing thread, a pin and a hair for comparison

July 10 After 5 hours, with sewing thread, a pin and a hair for comparison

I used 2 strands of hair for this embroidery. I am learning one technique at a time. I will learn other techniques in my next designs. A piece of hair is really very thin, almost like silk. I have not yet embroidered using silk. That would be another thing to learn.

July 11 After 11 hours, seen with my ink drawing on tracing paper

July 11 After 11 hours, seen with my ink drawing on tracing paper

This is so far the latest drawing in the series Offering. It has become larger and more detailed than the earlier drawings. With other embroidery techniques I won´t be able to work that much on the details, unless I use line stitches.

Detail:

Handarbeit / Stickerei in Berlin, Deutschland.





Homesick Series (Heimweh Serien)

26 06 2009
Missing Mangoes

Missing Mangoes

I am creating a series of designs for textile art. I called it “Heimweh” (Homesick). Living in Berlin, I have been missing a lot of food back in the Philippines. I am especially missing the fruits and vegetables. It will feature lots of stitches. I will still have to put colors into it.
I think this will feature crewel stitches using cotton floss in bright and pastel colors.

Homesick Series: Missing Pineapples

Homesick Series: Missing Pineapples

The second of my series Heimweh (Homesick). Pineapples.
I am thinking of doing this whole panel in pulled work using colored threads with colored lining that shows through the pulled holes.

July 8, 2009 Ink on Paper

July 8, 2009 Ink on Paper

 

I love suman!!!








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