Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Guestblogger Joke Hardenbol part 2
The work shown on above photo is made from fabric paper. I love gel printing and when I have done a demo I have a whole bunch of printed paper by the end of the day. Most of the time I use old news papers (preferable Chinese or Arab) or used pattern paper (I am fond of recycling). Both types of paper are thin enough to make fabric paper. I do this on a regular base, for instance for book covers (see photo below).
In this case I glued big pieces of fabric paper and cut these into strips. These strips I have woven and stitched with straight and decorative stitches.
Added Hobbs as a batting and made ‘applications’. These I used as a background for further decoration. Amongst others Tyvek beads and, metal rings on which I used alcohol ink and other materials.
In case you know my work, you know that my theme has been Goddesses for a number of years. That is my (small) contribution to increase the female energy on this earth. So Goddesses here as well. Made with a home made stamp, based upon images of ancient Goddess statues, stamped upon a piece of fabric, colored, stitched and filled. Under the Goddess a ‘pillow’ with a quote about the three stages of a woman’s life: the virgin, the mother and the crone.
Finally stamped a gold colored spiral on it, symbol of eternal life.
When the collages were done, the main problem was: what do I do with them?
It cannot be framed, but it also is too fragile to leave them like that. My first solution was to add a it to a painted canvas about 8 inches bigger than the work, but I was not really happy with that.
Discussions with other artists did not lead to an adequate solution, so the work remained like that for some time. Then one day while I was working on something else, by coincidence I held the baroque gold colored frame in my hands and placed this for a moment on the work. The light bulb went on J. It needed a bigger background and then in a baroque gold colored frame.
But when I inquired for the price of such a frame, I was told that would be at least € 250,- (US$ 270). Unfortunately that gold colored frame will be a virtual one.