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“POSH”

October 20, 2011

If you clicked on the link to be notified of new blogs by email, I am sorry I have still not got that figured out.  I found out I need to use an email newsletter service like Mail Chimp or Madmimi.  They are a bit complicated and my attention span for dry how to stuff isn’t the greatest.  I will set that up at some point, but I will need you to email me at cilipower@yahoo.com to let me know you want to be on the list.  It seems I managed to lose the one that did exist on my blogs’ dashboard.  Until I get it together I am going to take down the button for email subscriptions.  Now on to me blog!  Finally, been working on this one for a few days, hehe.

Here is “Posh” on of my oldest available pieces.  I guess it might have made more sense to begin my blog with my oldest works and move forward in a chronological progression.  I was never the most logical as I have proven by traveling back and forth on the timeline of my work.   This one was done at a time when my stockpile of yarns was limited, and I did several other pieces in a similar color scheme at that time.  Some were small, bracelets, mini wall hangings, and key chain fobs, all sitting at Alley Cat Artists hoping to have someone love them and buy them.

I have found it easier to talk about the work when it is fresher in my mind, so it stands to reason I don’t have a lot in my brain pan about this one.  It is black, red and a dark purple, and has a plethora of beads in it as you can tell by clicking on the picture to enlarge it.  Sometimes I get carried away putting beads in my work.  It would be nice if I could feel that my knotting would be interesting to stand alone, but rarely do I do a piece “naked” or sans beads”.  The beading can add so much

as well as color to a piece of knotted work.  I enjoy the effort to find new and interesting ways to add them in, new patterns, or  new configurations of bead on bead.  I am finding that there are infinite variations to discover, what heaven!  That means that I should never run out of new ways to accent my knotting.

On a different note, our gallery, Alley Cat Artists in Ellensburg, is holding  silent auction this month.  It is to raise funds to help support some of the programs it offers to the disabled artists in Ellensburg.  A week or so ago we got a “Call to Artists” asking us to donate up to two art pieces for the auction.  One of the pieces I donated is called “Blue and Green Simple” because it is far less complicated than many hangings that I knot.  And I gave her one that I haven’t had a chance to get photographed.  It was mostly a beige  wall hanging with varying shades of blue and green details done in embroidery floss and glass beads.  This piece was one that the knotting patterns were emphasised by the simplicity of the color patterns.  I will get a picture of it, Shannon, the curator of Alley Cat Artists is the one that took most of the digital images.  While she is at it maybe I can convince her to take some of the small works so I can show them to the world!

For those that have been clicking into my blog to see if I had been around, I offer my apology for tardiness.  There is so much information available that I got lost for a bit.  I plan on revamping my blog soon when I figure out just what I want to do.  I want to set up a gallery page, and a poetry page that will all be accessible by links.  I know others have similar set ups, I just need to do some more boning up to get there.  Another thing I want to do is show links for all the wonderful artists I have discovered.  That will come together easier than the other stuff I want to do, will just take a little planning.  So, bear with me folks!  There can only be better things on the horizon!  Ever Onward!

Girl Effect website  Check this out!  It is about third world girls making changes.  Very profound.

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Ever Onward!

September 28, 2011

Here I am exploring the many avenues to the wonderful wide world of cyberspace!   I am making my presence known, with th.com!at comes my art, these days it is my focus, both the creating of, and the sharing of.  My life before art becoming a focus, was varied and interesting, full of hard work and restlessness.  Now, my work is key, it is part of breathing, and truly I hope my family and friends may catch the bug and pass it on!  I can no longer work in the mainstream world, so I am working towards my art being a tool to supplement my SS.  With a little luck, hours of plying the net to learn, to get in the know…..maybe I will be famous some day!  Yeah, right! ROFLMAO!  I would be happy for a modicum of success, and an easement.  Pass it on!

OMG I knew the world of art in cyberspace was large, (large is such an understatement), it is mind boggle humongous!  I have been exploring, (my browser is IE after all, so explore I must!  I joined an art marketing group in linked in and WOW!  It is all I can do to clear my email page, it was manageable before that, with relative ease.  Oh well, then there is EBSQ.com!  I get in there and start looking at the galleries of the multi-fabulous artists within and I go bonkers looking at page after page of finesse, abstraction, and phantasmagorical wonderfulness!  Did I mention I like art, hehe?

This one is one my daughter Rachel named for me.  She said it was the Mariner’s colors so she decided to call it:  “Go Mariners!”.  It is made with some rather large gage knitted cotton cord which is the dark teal and the white which makes up a large part of the work.  There is also a lighter teal yarn, and details in embroidery floss using most of the colors of the main body.  The large white beads are painted wood, and there are some smaller glass beads throughout.  It measures approximately 25″ X 16″.  I Started this one with the larger materials with the intentions of making a piece that took less time than the average.  Well, just about the time that I started this one, I found a treasure at the local Goodwill store.  It was a bag of embroidery floss, now this was no ordinary bag of remnants, mind you!  The bag consisted of a string of one inch white plastic rings, approximately 50-60 rings, each one with a skein of embroidery floss of a different color in varying gradients of shades of each color.  I wish I had counted them and counted the shades in each color, just for the record.  It was wonderful!  However each skein had been cut on one end so that I had many, many strands of floss about 14 to 16 inches in length.  Well, let me tell you, it challenged the traditional knotting strategy I had worked with for so long!  I was used to starting out with enough length to each piece to last throughout the whole piece of art!  Good old American ingenuity kicked in and I soon developed several techniques of adding in strands and blending in of short ends.  In no time I learned how to make those pre-cut lengths of floss work for me.  I learned it so well that soon I couldn’t hardly do a piece without adding in my little areas of intricate details.  That blew my idea of having large materials work for me to make a piece quickly.  No, not for me the easy way.  Now I have used up a large amount of that bag of many-colored floss.  And this town doesn’t have a store that sells it!  My sweet neighbor told me the other day that her mother had quite a supply of it somewhere in her house that she doesn’t use any more.  When she locates it I get a new infusion of colors to work with!  Yea!  She already gave me one small partial skein of BLACK floss!  I had not been able to get any black for a while, the only place near me (Wal-Mart in Yakima) does not have any black.  Cool, I had been wanting some for nice contrast details in something.  Yea!

Here is a detail picture of “Go Mariners!”  I just love the play of small intricacies against the large knottings of the larger cords.   I wish these pictures did the work better justice.  No comparison to actually seeing with thine own eyes.  My eyes never seem to get enough of fine details in the artwork of artists I follow on the net, and here in lovely little artsy Ellensburg.  Art is eye candy!

I am working on a piece now that is all darker more muted colors, the main yarn I am using is a variegated yarn in dark greens blues and reddish browns, with varying shades in-between.  It is going to be a dramatic piece I think because I am working in a dark red rug yarn and a forest green rug yarn, plus a medium tint of the green also.  It already has quite a few nice beads in it.  It is on a stick that is about 20″ wide so it promises to have some good size to the work.  I also have a few other smaller pieces in the works in brighter cheery colors.  I like to have more than one piece going at a time that way my various moods are suited.  Ever Onward!

Celebration! Dance to the Music!

August 20, 2011

My thanks to all that have chosen to read my blog and check out my art!  I believe this is my 20th post and I just broke 300 hits!  Now that doesn’t sound like a major success when the numbers on other more contemporary entertainment, science or community driven sites get hits in the thousands!  307 hits are KUDOS to me!

My chosen field of artistic pursuit is definitely outside the classical box and I wouldn’t have it any other way

Here is a piece I knotted over a year ago.  It is one of those rare pieces without any large focal beads.  Mostly I used small glass beads with three slightly larger striped glass beads on the beige strand of knots on the left and between dark red and dark brown ones.   The colors in the striped beads pick up the colors of the knotting very well.  I think I will call this one:  “Loop d’ Loop”.

I think I would like to make a series of pieces with swirls of loops draping in a plethora of different knotting styles, and patterns of bead accents.  This one was made after my daughter suggested something similar.  Only what she had imagined was more of a horizontal piece swirls of knotted strands to either side.  She drew me a sketch which I would like to make a closer approximation of.  Maybe the next one I start, maybe….

Here is the detail shot I have for this piece which I feel is important to have with each of the larger pictures of the whole pieces.  If all I worked with was the traditional “macrame materials” then the detail shots would be hardly needed because the knotting would be large enough to see in a regular shot.  However, I have avoided working with the usual stuff because it is too expensive, and common.  I have been using remnants from second-hand stores more than anything.  Yarns of many varying weights and textures.  Long ago I realized I loved working with the variety of remnant yarns.  That way I was using up the leftovers from other people’s projects, and it is an eco-nomic thing to do.  Ha!

I truly am having a great time talking about my work, and it is gratifying that I have had as many visitors to my blog as I have.  Should one find they could use an unusual twisty-loopy-one-of-a-kind-whimsy in their environment, I long to do something custom for a person who could appreciate it.  I can be contacted directly at the address below.  I could work from a photograph of the interior that is calling out for a complimentary piece of art or from a sketch of an idea.  But let me explain very succinctly, “I do not do Owls!”  Hehe, that has been my artist statement of sorts for years, with my tongue in cheek, and serious as a heart attack simultaneously!  cilipower@yahoo.com

$…negotiable.

Tourmaline Dream

August 15, 2011

Step into my “Tourmaline Dream”!  Haha!  I chose the name because I love watching Gem Shopping Network where I have learned so much about precious and semi precious gems.  Tourmaline is mined right here in the USA and comes in such a large variety of colors!  From cut stone to cut stone there might be a subtle difference, however it is enough changed to call each stone a different color.  There are so many shades of pink, green, blue-green, reds, and roses.  Then there are yellows, oranges, and in rare instances, purples.  The rich teal yarn in this wall hanging reminds me of the color tourmaline that I would love to have in a ring and it would look nice against my olive complexion.  Yeah, a nice big sparkly chunk of eye candy surrounded by lovely diamonds!  One can dream.  (Sigh!)

Speaking of color….I was trying for a defined segregation of the colors in “Tourmaline Dreams”.   I visualized a more pronounced expanse of solid teal, with a slab of black making a complete break between the teal and the beige.  However, I worried that such a large amount of black would not show well in a photo so I toned it down to black as accent instead.  I guess I need to experiment with using black more, perhaps using beads to bring out the details then take a shot of it to see how it works.

The positives I like are the way I got a lot of angular details by manipulating the colors.  There are also a couple of solid knotted angled features to contrast with all the soft curves of the piece made with the long stinnets of knots.  There are three light turquoise shell rings that  work well as contrasting elements, along with a cute little teardrop shaped carved picture jasper ring.  I do hope it shows up when you click on the picture that shows the whole piece.