Thursday, January 11, 2007

House—finished

I was so happy that Gerrie commented on my house project and said, "This is good. You are playing." It answered my own question—"Now why am I doing this?" It was play, absolutely.



Here are pictures of the finished house. You can probably see that the roof became a little distorted, but overall the pieces did fit together quite well.

Someone is sure to ask, "what is it FOR?" It is for nothing. It is for experience and for fun. It was my own little challenge. I have always maintained that problem-solving is the most creative approach to art. Give yourself a problem, then figure out how to solve it. It makes your brain work. It challenges your creativity and exercises it.
One of the problems with working in fabric is that we mostly tend to commit to a piece and then feel obligated to follow through with it. We have invested money in fabric and it seems such a shame to throw good fabric away. Unlike a painting, that can be painted over, it is harder to wipe out part of a fabric piece and redo it, so we just keep going. Then the investment in time and materials is such that we feel obligated to show it or sell it. I think it is important to be able to experiment and "play" and accept those pieces as learning pieces and not necessarily ready for prime time. I learned quite a lot from this little house that will be useful.
P.S. The little house is 10" tall and 8" side to side.

24 comments:

  1. Terry! That is so very cool! I love it! Good for you, for giving yourself permission to play.

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  2. Gerrie4:58 PM

    Wonderful! I look forward to critiquing it tomorrow!! Hee!

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  3. Your house is gorgeous. I just love it!

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  4. This is marvelous. I love the details you have added, and especially love your fabric choices -- it looks like a roof, but it isn't "shingle" fabric.

    Thank you for the pictures.

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  5. Your house is outstanding! Looks good enough to live in.

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  6. Jane Ann8:32 PM

    Oops, I think Gerrie's halo just fell off ... and she's sprouted horns.

    CUTE and FUN. Reminds me of the time I made batik (30 years ago!) with candles and food color. Just for the heck of it. It was fun and then I ultimately threw it away. It's the process, isn't it?

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  7. The house is darling! I made some houses out of paper last year. See: http://www.threshpublications.com/firstidea.jpg
    But I never thought about making them with cloth. What fun.

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  8. OMG...What is it for????

    My sister, the uncreative poor soul, asked me, "Why would anyone eat that?" when I bought ____, something I like, that is also nutritious. It wasn't anything weird, just not in our ethnic culture.

    So since when does stuff have to be for something?

    Good for you, to play.

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  9. I love this, I know what its for, bringing a smile to the faces of everyone who sees it.

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  10. This is so delightful,Terry! I love the little architectural details, like the bit of beading along the roof ridge, when I feature the renovation of my sister in law's house in the next few days, you will notice her house has a very similar detail! And BTW thanks for the link to Frank Gehry's film, I am CRAZY about his work, and that movie has not been released here, so I ordered a copy...the exchange rate is a killer...oh well, who needs to eat anyway!

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  11. Wonderful! I have become enarmoured of purses and it is a definate challenge to figure out the three dimensional aspects of creating ones own pattern and designs.

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  12. It is wonderful! I love it!

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  13. This is wonderful, I can see a whole village of them!!!! LOL. I really like the idea of a 3/d quilt, very very clever...

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  14. I too think it's way cool, but I am curious about how you put the sections tog. Did you sew it or glue it?

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  15. Bronwen2:18 PM

    Fantastic!!

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  16. Terry, this is delightful. What a fun project for you!

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  17. Terry..it's sooooo cute! I love making things just to figure out how they go together. And you have a very cute result! The fabrics you chose ARE perfect. I am guessing since I didn't see a bottom in the assorted pieces before they were assembled that its just walls and roof - did you sew the roof on or is it just balanced up there? Can't really tell from the pics...
    I have an almost uncontrollable itch to make a dimensional piece now!!!

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  18. That's such a cool idea, Terry. I'd love to know how to do it. It opens up all kinds of possibilities, doesn't it?

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  19. wonderful house and even more wonderful approach to the new year!! We all need permission to play and enjoy the results without having to DO anything with them!
    Anne in IL

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  20. Wonderful, Terry! I love how it has turned out.

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  21. Inge Reinholdt1:40 PM

    What a wonderful house, I love it

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  22. Your house is fantastic! The scale is perfect for the prints you chose (or vice versa) and the construction is masterful. It's swoon worthy, darling!

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  23. As my youngest grandson would say, "I waaaaaaant it!"

    Very cool, Terry ... beautiful work, and it doesn't have to be anything but soul-satisfying.

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