"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

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

A few finished projects

I got a new netbook ... it's so darn cute! But I haven't loaded my photo software yet, so I wasn't able to adjust the lighting on these photos. They are a bit washed out, but I wanted to share anyway.

This is a necklace I made (for myself!) from a piece of seashell that I picked up in Grand Cayman. It's my first real attempt at wire wrapping. I thought it turned out pretty well, though I've got a lot to learn in that department. It's a fun souvenier and means more than anything I could have bought in a gift shop.

This is a piece of complex cloth that started out as the striped piece in this post. I have worked with a group of three other fiber artists for the past year+ to create complex cloth. We passed our pieces around and each added something to it. This is my latest piece, and I love it.

I finished my second t-shirt quilt. This one is smaller than the last - throw size. Even so, it was more difficult because many of the "t-shirts" ended up being UnderArmour-type volleyball jerseys and they were a bear to work with. I have now added an exhorbitant extra charge for shirts of this type to my price list. I hope I never have to deal with one again.

And finally, these are on my kitchen window to remind me of warmer days ... sand collected, left to right, from Grand Cayman, Cozumel, and Cocoa Beach. I love the colors and how each one is so different. I might do some beading and wire wrapping on the jars. I haven't decided yet.


Jeanne Turner McBrayer said...

Your wire-wrapped necklace turned out great! Love all the other creations, too.

Judy said...

Love the transformation of the rainbow zebra fabric. The round robin surface design idea is working well.

jgr said...

Yes! Your necklace is beautiful! Also, congrats on finishing your tshirt quilt-it turned out great. I love your sand collection too, what a cool idea!

morningDove said...

i love the necklace and the jars of treasures from your visits. i did a t-shirt quilt once and backed them all with a nylon-type interfacing which helped me work with them.

Karen said...

I'm way behind in blog reading Michelle but I've caught up and everything is just wonderful.

I love...the t-shirt quilt even though it was horrid for you to make but oh what a treasure of memories for whomever you made it for.


Your stuff is amazing Michelle! Love the wire wrap shell. I have been doing some of that with just the glass pebbles but it is so much fun!
I am impressed with your fabric transformation too! It's fantastic!!! I did this in a group too well over a year ago. It got to the last person, but Unfortunately my fabric has never made it's return, sigh!
I also love the different colored sand! I would have never thought! I guess I will have to check it out next time I go to the Carribean.