Friday, October 31, 2008

Design and Chaos

8x8" mixed media

The leaves on this piece are made of mica sheets. You can find these online at Stampington. After cutting out the leaf shape with scissors, I stamped holes all around the edge of the sheet by tapping a sewing needle with a hammer. Then I wrapped gold thread through the holes and sewed the paper and rock layers together.

I made the paper using a similar process to batik. When the paper was cured, I drew bramble branches and sharp little leaves into the chaos. They're very subtle and won't be noticed by most. Still, they were very satisfying to do. I love putting a bit of design into chaos. Art reflects life, hah, hah.
This tiny piece took ages to do. I wanted to take it in a direction where the brambles were more noticeable, but it wasn't working. When I was finally ready to let go (after letting the piece sit for months), I was able to move ahead.

10 comments:

M.Kate said...

Shayla :D Another beautiful design and I thought for a moment, you got kidnapped by the aliens haha...so good to have you back! Happy halloween my dear, big hugs :D

Jeane said...

shayla! - this piece is so lovely and satisfying - the mica bits are just beautiful!

Shayla said...

Hee, hee. No not kidnapped by aliens, Mary Kate. My pc wouldn't connect to the internet for about a week. I'm immensly proud that I fixed it myself without pulling out my hair :D Have a great weekend! You too Jeane, and thanks!

Debbie Egizio said...

What a beautiful fall piece!! Such rich colors and textures! Stunning!!!!

Robyn said...

Autumn bliss! Those colours are so rich.

Juggling Jason said...

I deem this to be way cool.

wildcherries said...

Letting go when we are stuck in the brambles is a lesson we all need to remember from time to time! Well done for emerging triumphant :-)

Tracy said...

OH, Shayla...this is stunning! I can imagine this did take a good chunk of time to create...But well worth it! I love the varied use of materials for a very earthy, organic feel. It's like being outside, in a whirlwind of fall color, leaves spilling down...Pure autumnal delight! Hope all is well there and you had a good Halloween weekend...Thanks so much for stopping by, great to see you! :o) ((HUGS))

picciolo said...

I love how you have incorporated the sewing, I bet the gold thread catches the light beautifully.
: )

seth said...

Beautiful piece. Thanks for sharing the process.