Saturday, August 11, 2012

Stitched-Ribbon Collages

Studio 791 has been buzzing lately with art-making.  It's a good thing, too, since I am involved in a number of art swaps right now, and really need to get out of the studio and into the post office very soon!

I created a series of three stitched ribbon, lace, and fiber collages, all 4x6 inches.  They almost look like stitch samplers to me, as I played around with the various stitch settings on my sewing machine.  The collages didn't photograph quite as well as I had hoped, as their true rich colors don't seem to show up very well here.  But you can get an idea!
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I had a little fun with this next piece, using an image transfer of a vintage photograph of two women standing barefoot on some river rocks.  I replaced their heads with postage stamps, and re-drew their bodies accordingly to create a little reconfigured historical meeting among monarchs:
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I will definitely be trying this with some more of the portrait-style postage stamps I have in my collection!

In my next couple of posts, I have some additional collages, as well as ATCs to share with you.  It's been a productive few days around here!

Have a great weekend!

10 comments:

Wendy said...

Oooo - I love those stamp portraits! Can't wait to see what you do with the rest of your collection!

Mary Has Sound said...

Ah these are great. I love the first two stripy designs the best! I wish I could sew.. at all. <3

Karenann Young said...

Love your stitched ribbon collages! Great work! I've never taken the time to try out different stitches on my sewing machine except straight and zig-zag! Inspiring!

Karen Isaacson said...

ohmygod those postage stamp people are brilliant. what a great idea.

PamelaArtsinSF said...

Love the stamp people -- what a fun idea!

laurie said...

your collage pieces are beautiful! hard to pick a favorite, i had to look at each several times. and the postage stamp head people are such characters - can't wait to see more!

Mary Has Sound said...

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VivJM said...

Just looooove your postage stamp people!!

April Cole said...

Love it...!
The way you applied the stamps to your collage artwork, so creative!! :]

Parabolic Muse said...

get OUT! These are fabulous! I LOVE those postage stamps!!

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