"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, February 25, 2010

Matters of Art

This is a new piece I made recently and couldn't wait to share it with you. It will be on display at Eye of the Eagle Art in Clayton, NC, in August. The piece is 12 inches square and I call it "Matters of Art".

I challenged myself to create a piece using only recycled/trash materials. I largely succeeded in that there are around 40 distinct items that comprise the surface of this little quilt, and nearly all would have been destined for the bin. I think the only things I used that don't qualify are a few eyelets and brads, the mirror that is in the center of the bottom central piece, the interfacing, backing fabric, paint and thread.
Each of the 9 smaller vignettes are 3 inches square, created as separate, complete pieces, and stitched to the background (which happens to be covered with dryer sheets). In the one above, I used a brown paper bag, a puzzle piece covered by a napkin, part of a wrapper from chopsticks, some beads from a broken necklace, the metal center of a floppy disk, the calendar dial from an old watch, and the foil top from a bottle of wine.

This is the piece that inspired Jenny's turtle in my previous post. Cut up CD pieces on a piece from an old map.

How many things can you find? Take a close look! You might be surprised.
I haven't had much time in my studio due to the sudden death of my VAN. I have been car shopping for the past week. We are getting close to a decision. I hope we will have something by the weekend. But ... it is still early, no one is open for business yet, and I am going to go upstairs and DO something. ~ Michelle

8 comments:

Threadhead said...

Wow Michelle! This is fabulous! Your eye is drawn all over this piece and wanting to search here and there....
I think it's a masterpiece!

Dotti said...

This is such a whimsical colorful piece!

Quilter422 said...

this is super - love all the things you've included. looks like we'll finally have spring here next week - enjoy the warm weather!

Jeanne Turner McBrayer said...

I love the colors and the search for hidden treasure in this piece! Really fun!

Judy Alexander said...

This is a great little piece. Nice way to recycle.

Judy said...

You did a great job with the recycled items. Did you use Timtex or a heavy stabilizer inside to support the extra weight?

Lori said...

freakin INcredible!! I love every part! I would like to know more about how you did each one!! adding you to my fav list

NEEDLEWINGS said...

AWESOME! I just love all of the business to look at. Sort of an eyespy sort of thing for art junk collectors. lol