I had read an article the other day that gave me the push in this direction. I have been struggling with the direction of my artwork and had found myself with face plastered up against one of the biggest creative blocks I have known in some time. The blog post suggested a way to work through this; to simply pick up a needle and stitch. Free-form embroidery, simply putting down color and stitch as it comes to you. I decided to try this with the image of this tree I had in my head.
Earlier this week I finished a few more bits of jewelry made with found objects, bits of wood and paper ephemera. These are really a lot of fun to do, and I am thinking of ways to work some needlework into future pieces as well.
|Bracelets made with re-purposed wood, sheet music and vintage postcards|
|Charms and pendants made with wooden dominos, old wooden yardsticks and broken jewelry|
They are vintage Hawaiian game pieces. 19th century hand-carved hardwood domino tiles that I have been told are also calledalso called "Bones". They were found in Iliwei, Honolulu. They are really quite heavy in your hand and have a really neat look to them. What I will do with them, I am not quite sure! They are pretty close in size to regular dominos, and I think they would look really unique on a leather thong or vintage chain.
I have a paper to write and then I think it is time for left over pumpkin pie!