Saturday, August 03, 2013
Bringing it in a little closer
I am struggling with this block that I seem to have about large work. Or maybe it just isn't my thing. Maybe my ideas and my vision are small. I do love the detail—the focused-in view—the isolated element.
And so for the past week I have been carrying around little bits of fabric and I have been hand-stitching (machine too) and—god-of-all-that-is-restrained-and-harmonious-please-forgive-me—I have been sewing beads and such on cloth. What is going on? I have been vocal about my dislike of "beads and crap" on quilts for a long time, yet for some reason I keep buying beads. I have a lot of them. I just knew that someday I might want them. Really, what bothers me most about most of the embellished work I see is "glitz"—I'm not a glitz person. My bead collection is relatively earthy and does not twinkle or sparkle much. And I hate when I see really bad work that has been embellished as, perhaps, a distraction from the basic lack of good design. And I hate when I see really good work that has been ruined by unnecessary beads and crap. That doesn't leave a wide space in my narrow mind for beaded and embellished art. But I seem to be wedging a small opening in there and finding some contentment in stitching and beading. It might not amount to anything. Maybe it's just therapy. Bead therapy. So be it.