Friday, January 22, 2010

Blue Chair

This photo of the blue chair was taken by Bea at Dog in the Hole Studio.
I knew right away that I had to make
an art quilt from this photo.
This was back in August '09 I believe.
Bea and I said
we would both make an art quilt
from this picture.
I think she is about finished with hers.
I just finished mine today.
It measures 17 by 18 inches for the entire piece.
Right click to enlarge in order to see the detail.
I made it from fabric, polymer clay and paper fabric.
The chair is polymer clay
which is attached using E6000 glue.
The door is some of my hand dyed shibori.
My batik is used for the window glass.
There are a few black beads on the side of the door.
I did some free motion stitching on it and
added some color and texture with oil paint sticks and also acrylics.
The edging is fabric paper that I painted turquoise,
but let the paper underneath show through a little bit.
I then sewed the fabric piece to the fabric paper.
The writing on the bottom says
"Down in the Blue chair...we can watch our troubles rise!"
That is part of a song titled
Blue Chair
sung by
Elvis Costello.
Kenny Chesney does one too called
Blue Chair.
There are a few Blue Chair songs out there,
all different from each other.
Well Bea, what do you think!!!!


Bea said...

OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHhhhhhhh I think this is wonderful! I LOVE IT. I'm not just saying that. I love how you took the theme and incorporated all the different mixed media's into it.
Mine is a third finished so you have to wait a bit. Now, I'm even more inspired. THIS WAS SO MUCH FUN! :)Bea

yvonne said...

Thanks Bea! I had a great time doing this blue chair piece. Excited to see yours too when you det it all done! This IS fun isn't it!! :)

Anonymous said...

Wow! I also love this. I'm not as versed in all the components of your mixed media, but I do work with some polymer and wonder -- how did you attach the chair? Also, how big is it? This piece is *so* special!

Melissa said...

Enlarging the photo helps, but I would still prefer to see it in person! It is lovely!

yvonne said...

Thanks Barbara for your comments. I'm glad you like it. Your questions were great and I did add the answers to them in the post. First of all the entire piece measures 17 by 18 inches. Second question...I used E6000 glue to attach the polymer clay chair to the fabric because I didn't want any stitches to show. That glue holds anything and I have used it a lot in my art quilts when I can't stitch things down. And that does happen sometimes. Thanks for the questions. Hope this answers them.

yvonne said...

Thanks Melissa for stopping by. Yes, I do have to say that some pieces look a lot better than the photo. This is one of them for sure.

Barbara/myth maker said...

Wow,that is one very cool piece! I didn't realize the chair was pc... how clever.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I think you did a great interpretation! I would never have thought of doing the chair in polymer...the 'dimension' it gives is perfect.

Trudi Sissons said...

Wow - what a talented person's creation - you really brought the best out in the photo!
(I'm here from Bea's)

neva gagliano said...

glad you visited...good to come here and have my head spin over your quilting...
well, fabric art works is better!
over the top work!

yvonne said...

Thanks MA. I decided on polymer clay for the chair because I had a hard time doing it in fabric! LOL It worked out well! When one thing doesn't work, try something else. LOL

yvonne said...

Thanks for visiting Trudi. Your comments meant a lot as I know just how talented you are, so from one artist to another that makes me feel good.

yvonne said...

Neva, so glad you came to my blog. I'm blushing from your comment, but thank you. I just try to have fun!

Tess said...

Hey, that's your blog banner. Wow gal, this is gorgeous. Beautiful work.....