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Thursday, May 10, 2012

casting stitches



well, dear readers,
I am off again to visit family in Chicago

but I wanted to leave you with a new post
the last component that I have been working on for my new show
this summer at EsScentuals...

so I will leave you with a smattering of tiny works...







I have been using stitches in my work since 2005 when I hosted my first 
altered art book group... 
at that time I used upholstery threads to stitch the page
and I loved the way it looked, the texture was outstanding and I was fascinated by the way I was able to create a mark without using a pen or paintbrush..






at Art Fest one of my instructors commented on my stitches calling them "random"
I explained that they were anything BUT random, they were placed 
strategically to create 

movement ...




or represent solidity...





or attachment...






and even starlight...







stitching is ...
it seems, highly undervalued...
and misunderstood..

these little pieces will marry the marks on paper
and the Italian collage...
on the gallery wraps that I am 
creating for the new show..



sending you high hopes for a splendid weekend 
and week ahead..


xo



15 comments:

Mostly Turquoise said...

Loooovely stitches Caterina and great post!

Unusual Girl Studios said...

Random- my left foot!!!! Love the threads and have been 'imagining' myself unearthing my sewing machine and giving it a try myself. I can't sew on fabric but somehow believe I can sew on paper?

mansuetude said...

love the title "casting"

Cynthia Schelzig said...

Wonderful stitching...have fun in the windy city...........

merci33 said...

Chicago is such a great city to wander about...I hope you enjoy your 'home' time.

I love your stitching. Each of your samples brings to mind a quieting, a calm wandering that is anything but random...though I find random to also be a perfectly fabulous way for fiber to move over, under , around and through a surface.

For the last three or four years I've been offering my younguns (9-11) at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art the option to 'take a line for a walk' using threads...they love it...the boys particularly...and it's always a joy to notice the 'random' quality of where their small hands take them.

Lisa said...

as a fellow stitcher i agree with you.. stitching is highly underrated for such a thoughtful and detailed art form...perhaps that instructor was not a member of the stitching variety...at any rate, i love your stitches and how they not only amalgamate your work but each marks bears it owns meaning...
enjoy Chicago!

Susan Williamson said...

I haven't done any sewing for years but your stitches have inspired me. I'm going to start sewing again. Thanks for this post!

Tina @ TinyBear Studio said...

Love the way you´re using your stitching - very inspiring

Suzi Smith said...

Ah Kat... i have been away too long... just wandering through your space, breathing in the wonderfulness that is here & 'touching' every creation. your threads will never be 'mere stitches', each one a little signpost to something else. take care xo

Yvonne said...

Wonderful post Cat. Random...well, you never know what people will say about art. Sometimes they just don't get it. People always tell me...it's nice, but it doesn't look realistic. If I wanted real I would take a picture. LOL

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

These stitches speak volumes...some quiet but all beautiful!

Lucky Dip Lisa said...

Stitches are a very powerful and valid way of mark making! But I guess you would have known I would think that!

Renee Howell said...

Interesting views - random or purposely placed. Me, too - love hand stitches. I think hand stitches speak of time taken, with items in your hands with scissors nearby. Hope you are well!

Linda said...

Love your pieces Cat....so soothing and evocative. Your stitches are perfect. :-)
XX

taranova said...

Absolutely fabulous cat.... as usual!!!