Monday, June 02, 2014

My Beetle in Small Expressions!

I just mailed my Ladybug tapestry to the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton Ma.  It will be exhibited along with other small pieces in Small Expressions 2014 from July 15th through October 4, 2014.   It is always an honor to have a piece in this biennial exhibit.

This was one of two small pieces I completed during my 'green phase' last year. One of my art groups had a collaborative project where we were assigned colors and had to create a variety of fiber pieces in those colors to fit in a silver 4" by 10" frame.   I was assigned green and yellow.  This ladybug is one of my green pieces.  The other will be exhibited in A Lively Experiment exhibit at Convergence....but more on that at a later time.

I got the idea for this tapestry from a photo my husband took at the UCLA Botanical Gardens.   Of course, in his photo the ladybugs were red and much smaller but with a touch of Photoshop I was able to create a cartoon to my liking in about thirty minutes.  The yarn is all 'stash yarn' and all dyed by me at some point in my life. I was surprised by the amount of green silk I had in my boxes of yarn,    I wove with singles at a 14 e.p.i.  

For fun and to accentuate the realism, I stuffed the tapestry a bit behind the beetle and behind a few of the leaves for a slight three dimensional effect.

This is one of my favorite pieces.

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