Friday, December 2, 2016

Still Shining

Finished my latest SunMoonStars piece yesterday.  I'm calling it Still Shining, in honor of the fact that regardless of what happens in the world here and abroad, the sun will still be shining somewhere everyday.

This piece is 12 x 13 inches.  All fabrics were hand dyed.  I tried seeding for the first time, in the sun and its rays -- a ton of tiny stitches.  Went more quickly than I'd imagined, though.

I'm enjoying my days stitching and reading mostly, and spending some amount of time daily on Instagram, which I'm loving.  Many new-to-me artists, lots of inspiration.  The bonus is that the images, viewed on either of my Android devices, are to-die-for.  A completely different experience from seeing them on computer. 

Have a good weekend.  Enjoy the holiday season however you can.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

'Tis The Season

Art Journal collage, 2016

These are the last four days of my annual Holiday Sale at Etsy, which ends on Tuesday November 29. 

 

Currently all items are 30% OFF original prices.

 

But from now until the sale ends, use coupon code "CYBER16" at checkout and receive an additional 10% OFF all merchandise.

 

You must plug in the code "CYBER16" at Etsy checkout in order to get the additional 10% off.  Check out my shop here.


If you were following me on Facebook and wonder where I've gone, I've moved my social media presence over to Instagram (@constancerosedesigns).  All art, no politics, way better.  Look for me there.  There's also a link to my Instagram on the right sidebar.

I had a quiet Thanksgiving ~ I read Michael Connelly's latest Harry Bosch book, "The Wrong Side of Goodbye."  Great book and nice way to spend the day on my own, tucked inside all warm and cozy. 

I started work yesterday on another SunMoonStars piece, this one focusing on the sun.  Looking forward to working on it over the next week or so.

Hope you have a great weekend.  Support handmade art and artisans this holiday season.  Check out my Etsy Shop before the sale ends on Tuesday evening.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Eclipse

Eclipse ~ 13.5 x 14.5 inches, all hand-painted/dyed fabric (except black circles) all handstitched

Well, I'm still mighty stupefied, but I'm coming around to having to embrace reality.  My way of dealing is that I plan to pay as little attention to politics as possible for the next four years at least.

I already don't watch TV or read newspapers or mass market magazines, so that shouldn't be difficult for me.  I have quit Facebook again, except messenging.  I just read something somewhere where Mark Zuckerberg admitted he probably had a lot to do with Trump's election because FB notoriously doesn't filter real news from faux news.  Well duh.  I've had it with that shit.

Here's my latest stitched piece, another SunMoonStars cloth.  I'm calling it Eclipse.  Because, you know, everything we've known and thought about this country and the world is quickly being eclipsed by darkness and great harm ~ to individuals and vast groups of people, to life as we know/knew it, to democracy, to the planet.  Crap.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving week if you're American or celebrate the holiday.  I imagine a lot of folks are going to have a helluva time scraping up blessings to count this coming Thursday.  Enough said.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Dark Days Ahead

Small section of a larger piece I'm working on
Difficult times are upon us here in the U.S., and in the world.  The fallout and sense of fear and uncertainty from last night's election results will be with us for a very long time.  Things are going to get a whole lot worse before they begin to get better...if they ever do improve at all.

In some ways nothing is any different.  Yet everything is very different.  It's another world entirely from the one we all woke up to on Tuesday morning.

Personally I don't feel at too great a risk of having my life changed hugely by what's to come.  Because I'm already so far down on the socioeconomic scale and yet have managed to arrange my life such that I still have a bit of wiggle room for some degree of things beyond my control.

But I'm really terrified for all the people who are going to suffer great losses in any number of ways, especially our brothers and sisters who are LGBTQ, Muslim, Black, Native American, Hispanic, differently-abled, other immigrants, and of course younger woman, all of whom collectively represent a huge percentage of people in this country.  And I'm sad and sick inside for what has become/what is becoming of America.  This is no longer the country I was born and raised in.  I don't know this place anymore.

I feel despondent, and speechless.  And numb.

I'm gonna take a hiatus here for a bit.  Do my retreat thing.  Go within, read a lot, be quiet as much as I can.

Blessings and love to all of you. 

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Dark Star

This is Dark Star, my latest piece in the SunMoonStars series.  Finished size is 12.5 x 13 inches.  All fabrics hand dyed except the star/flower fabric, all handstitched.  I enjoyed making this piece as I have the others in the series.  I really like working in a series around a theme.  So I'm planning to keep on with this.  The next piece is coming together on the work table now.

I'm having a Big Holiday Sale in my Etsy Shop right now through Tuesday, November 29.  All Items Are 30 Percent OFF Regular Price in the Shop!


There's more rain supposedly coming in over the weekend, but the last few days have been beautiful, with temps in the mid-60s and a fair amount of sunshine.

Hope your November is off to a good start.  Blessings.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Sunny Day in Paradise

Sunny Day in Paradise is complete.  It measures 6-1/2 by 19 inches, is entirely handstitched, and all the fabric is handmade except the commercial border fabric.  I really enjoyed making this piece and I'm happy with the way it turned out. 

I learn something new -- or test out new techniques -- with each piece I make.  This piece and Hunter's Moon gave me the opportunity to try out running stitch, aka Kantha stitch, those areas where the stitches pucker the fabric to create interesting waves.  This is the same stitch one uses to create mokume gane, the shibori technique.  You essentially do the same thing as I've done in these pieces, only usually on a larger piece over a more extended area, then dye or discharge the stitched up fabric.  That was one of my favorite shibori techniques when I was dyeing, so I'm glad to be doing it again now with stitching only.

Contrary to the name of the piece, it's raining heavily as I write this.  It's such a treat to have real rain, especially this early in the season.  I've been cooking and baking a lot lately, and my freezer is full of goodies for the coming months.

You'll likely not hear from me before Hallowe'en, so have a safe and fun one.  I think Hallowe'en has eclipsed Christmas as the biggest decoration, and certainly dress-up, event of the year.

Blessings.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Work in Process

This is the piece I'm currently working on for another SunMoonStars project. The nine-patches are tiny, about 3-1/2 inches square.  I had satin stitched areas on three of the squares, but subsequently didn't like where it was going.  So I ripped all that out last night.  I've got something else in mind that I know I'll like better.  Any red threads you see are temporary basting stitches.

I'm just finishing up a really terrific book, Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery.  Now I'm keen on cephalopods. 

We're having another rainstorm on the North Coast.  And it looks like we might have some rain for at least the next 10 days or so.  Could be we're in for a wet winter.  Wouldn't that be lovely!  Unfortunately, I don't think Southern California is due to get much if any rain, not in the immediate future anyway.

Hope you have a really great week!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Hunter's Moon

Several days hence...and this is Hunter's Moon, in honor of the Hunter's Moon we're said to be having now.

Living as close to the coast as I do, invariably the nighttime sky is clouded over, hence I never get to see sky events ~ meteor showers, full moons, eclipses when they're visible in the Pacific Northwest.  Oh well.

Making this piece that I really love has done a lot to build my confidence.  I spent all day yesterday working on it and enjoyed every minute of it. 

One of the difficulties I've had in my artistic endeavors has been in trying to be too literal ~ the reverse of which could be summed up as not realizing I have an imagination I can put to use, if I'd only exercise it.  So I tend to be thrown to trying to replicate reality in some way, rather than fiddling around with elements regardless of whether the product might be wacky and unreal.  Who cares whether it's "real" or not?  Nobody. 

As Jude said in a comment to my last post, it's enough to just enjoy it.