29May/120

Laying out costa rican piece. Video

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Here's how some of the framework gets done. Just the right object,just the right amount of paint, and just the right positioning and tapping. And voila,just the right image

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29May/120

Untitled piece on Costa Rican trip

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Today I worked on building the framework for a new piece on Costa Rica. And I put in a few of the main actors: a giant beautiful flower we saw there and some other plants. And then I started on the hummingbird. A million stitches later there's a good beginning. And a huge knotted mess on the bottom.

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26May/120

Foggy Crystal gets more diverse objects

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After working on the frame for Bottom Girl, I worked all day stitching things onto Foggy Crystal. Now there are many things that look like they've been wrapped up in thread like a spider wraps up some bug. The significance of these is that we carry around a lot of unclear perspectives and memories. And they just hang around waiting for the right moment to emerge. I also stitched on some mesh,actually mosquito screen.

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26May/120

Bottom Girl’s Frame got painted

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The frame on Bottom Girl was rimmed with deep violet, a little orange and silver. Then embedded in the silver was three cords, two of purple and an inside one of red. The ends of the cords are left hanging off the frame. Somehow this seems to wrap her up in beauty and in misery

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25May/120

Grandmothers and Fire in the Hole wait for framing

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Both the other finished pieces on cloth were put up to frame. Sergio built "boxes" to the exact size needed for them to stretch around. So here they are.....in waiting for the rest to be done

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25May/120

Bottom Girl gets a frame

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After much gluing of the threads on the back by Sergio to make them lay flat, the total piece was glued down very flat. We used a super low acid, flat glue. And then the frame went on. It's drying now, but tomorrow I'll paint the frame and it will be finished except for affixing her heart. It's of shatterproof glass, but looks like a large multifaceted shattered jewel when it's put in place.

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25May/120

Foggy Crystal. Gets foggier

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Today I spent all day stitching on Foggy Crystal. And I thought about all the people who've influenced me in my life. And how hard it is to see exactly what their influence has been. Just like books,it's hard for me to pick which ones are the most influential and yet they have added up over time. All the images in Foggy Crystal are very elemental. No particular representation comes into view and this is on purpose because none are dominant...they're additive.

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24May/120

Many stitches on Foggy Crystal

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You might remember that this is the companion piece to my grandmother piece. It doesn't look at all like it but it reflects how little we know about the last generation. Or the next, for that matter
So here is an overview, which is really hard to understand because it is mostly the details that count
And then some details
I'm taking my stitching fingers home and putting them in hot water

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23May/120

How Much Of My Grandmother Is Still Here? Almost finished

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Stitch, stitch, stitch. I'm trying to remember how I got into adding stitched objects on things ?? I think it was Rompecabeza. And I saw how much more focus and 3-Dness things could have if they had multiple types of textures and materials. Thread/cord/yarn all add another dimension. Of softness and of visual focus. This picture certainly shows that. It has paint, glass, and a lot of stitches. I'm almost through. Whew! I'll show you the back too, so you can see the multiple colors and the abstract tapestry that the stitches make.

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23May/120

Banana republic one now named “Gold and Green Handcuffs”

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I made some progress on this one. It is mostly painted now. And now I'm stitching in a little gold man. He is a replica of one from costs rica where they had lots of gold and learned to make beautiful golden objects. This one is sheet gold made into a figure, not cast gold. My trip to costs rica seemed to say that those countries with gold and agrarian riches but with less weapons and technology end up being stuck. The gold and green are exploited by whoever can take them. And the legacy is long because their whole culture becomes derivative of being an export economy not a creative economy. They're handcuffed to what works to feed them but can't move up the scale. So the little golden guy is very enigmatic. He's welcoming by stepping from behind the tree but he's not all out because he's afraid of what will happen!

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