Saturday, December 10, 2011

Cycles of Time

This is Kalachakra, completed just last night.  It measures 27.5 x 15.5 inches and is entirely hand stitched/hand quilted.  Only the outside perimeter of the circles were actually sewn on with straight stitches, everything else is quilted together, including the seed beading.

What's here is five layers of fabric, including the backing, and no batting.  The backing and foundation fabrics are recycled table linens, shiboried earlier this year.  The gray fabric with black squares was black linen, shibori discharged three years ago.  The center green piece with black swirls on it is shiboried muslin, then deconstructed screen printed, then had textile paint applied over a rubbing plate.  The center circles are hand dyed muslin, soy wax batiked and then discharged.

I've used a variety of threads, but mostly Gutermann 30 wt. silk.  There are only very limited colors of that thread available locally but I found a terrific place online -- Craft Connection -- that has all the colors, sells them for less than I can get them in Eureka, charges almost nothing for shipping (less than $2 for First Class), and my order placed online last Saturday arrived on Thursday.  I'm impressed.  I'll be back.

The sale at my Etsy Shop ends next Thursday, December 15.   I'm closing the shop after the sale.  I'll be putting it on vacation mode but I don't know yet whether I'll be back.  Etsy was a terrific place for me to sell spinning fiber and weaving yarn, but has only been so-so for sales of finished artwork.  Most of the work that I've sold there didn't sell until I'd discounted it a couple of times.  And I don't want to do that any more.   I'd rather sell less work now and get a price that is more in line with its value, or not sell at all.  Or wait until someone contacts me about possibly buying a piece rather than my marketing it, per se.

I've just gotten so tired of all the effort involved in trying to sell and all the competition you have to deal with at every level.  I'll also likely be killing my Facebook Page for pretty much the same reason ~ there are too many pages, every business in the world has one now, page reach is down since FB's last round of changes, and it means nothing anymore when people "like" a page because they won't necessarily ever be back or ever see or read your posts there.  You might be asking yourself, "Didn't we have this conversation a couple of months ago, the quit FB thing?"  Yeah, we did.  But I kept my page.  Not for much longer, though.

 Have a great weekend!

12 comments:

jenclair said...

Oh, Connie, this piece is gorgeous! All of those tiny stitches on such beautiful cloth!

Nora said...

The competition is huge and people don't seem to appreciate the time that goes into these hand crafted pieces of art. Like you say, they 'like' them, but that's as far as their interest goes. All of it is so fleeting. You should have a regular art gallery where you sell these things. Wish that was possible. XOX

Els said...

Aaaah Connie, this chakra piece is beautiful !
Maybe just "simple" layering, but very effective !

Sandy said...

What a wonderful piece. I'm impressed.

Jeannie said...

Connie, Kalachakra is gorgeous. I know that it is even more so in person. The layers and stitching are amazing. I love this.

stitchinglife.com said...

I hear you, and share the disappointment. I closed my facebook page for the same reason, and have only recently listed work on etsy. I'm not convinced it's the right place to be, but will give it a while longer. I think supplies might be the way to go. Hope all turns out well for you and your work - one door closes, another one opens and all that... :-)

tiedyejudy said...

First, this may be the most beautiful piece of your fiber art I have seen, IMO! The fabrics are wonderful! As for selling, I share your frustration. I have sold a couple of pieces at our annual Open Studios Exhibit, but other than that I have only sold a few commissioned pieces and some framed fiber art. My artfire shop is great for selling my tie-dye, but not my art and landscape quilts. And I haven't wanted to take the time and effort to try and get into galleries. As for FB, only reason I'm still on it is to keep up with friends and family, and even that is getting tiresome! Some technology ain't worth the bother! ;->

Alice said...

It's a wonderful piece, so much more than the sum of its parts. A lot going on, and I think you stopped at exactly the right place. Perfect.

Jamie Kalvestran said...

Absolutely fabulous!

The Idaho Beauty said...

This has got a nice feel to it. I like the "electricity" running along the background fabric.

neki desu said...

this is a stunning piece of work.
and i so relate with what you say. all those on line places are a lot of work and only generate disappointment.

frazzledsugarplummum said...

I like the mix of shape and colour.