"If you hear a voice within you say, 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced." --Vincent van Gogh

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Peacock Feather Postcards

Only 3 posts so far in April? What is the world coming to??? Despite not posting much, I have been busy. I have come to realize that creating art IS exactly what I want to be doing. It's not paying any bills, but maybe someday it will.
I made postcards using peacock feathers and sent them to the ladies who made my Round Robin quilt for me as a thank you for all their gorgeous work. I made three different types of cards. I found it challenging to find unique ways to present the feathers, when they took up so much of the space to begin with. I also found it a challenge to make sure that the feather stood out well against the background. The pink background is a painted dryer sheet covered with Tintzl and Mica dust. The multi-colored on is fused fabric, again with Tintzl and Mica dust.
This gold one is a gold cotton lame' fabric with angelina fibers and mica dust. I fused the feather to the background, and fused white tulle over the top to protect it in the mail. It's difficult to see in the photos, but the beads are not black, they are iridescent and contain all the colors of the feather. A lucky find!


Elizabet said...

oh wow, oh wow, oh wow! I LOVE peacocks and those are just amazing! I wish I was one of the lucky ladies recieving one!

Jeanne Turner McBrayer said...

Michelle, my peacock feather arrived today! Thank you! Wow, I am still overwhelmed by the amount of work done on my round robin, and now I have a special little bit of fiber art from Michelle! That is way cool to have the actual peacock feather on the postcard.


Michelle said...

Thanks, Elizabet, for your kind words. I'm glad you like them!

Wow, Jeanne - it arrived so quickly! So glad you like it. The quilts are amazing. I am still in awe of mine.

MargaretR said...

I also have a love affair with peacock feathers. You have done wonders with yours. They are really special.

Anonymous said...

those are FANTASTIC! i was trying to google how to clean feathers and ended up here. i love your talent.