Tuesday, November 4

October TIF

The challenge for October was to represent your studio or workspace.My work is done sitting on a black sofa listening/watching BBC or Bollywood music on 9Xm or the fantastic foreign language movies on NDTV Lumiere or World Movies. I have three round palm leaf baskets stuffed with the things I need to do my work. Embroidery thread, scissors, pin cushion, packets of beads and sequins. I'm a magpie and collect all manner of things which find their way into these three baskets - sweet wrappers, foil from chocolate bars,the plastic ribbons off bouquets, currently its beer bottle caps which I have flattened with the kitchen tongs and the labels carefully peeled off the beer bottles too. I work on more than one project at any given time and mingled in with all this is the newspaper, my mobile phone and the innumerable remote controls and when R is around there is his mobile and blackberry which gets added to the accumulation of stuff .

Now here's the interpretation.

The detail of the page on the right.That's the foil from a chocolate bar which is backed with polythene so it didn't tear when I stitched it down with running stitch. I quite like the texture that resulted and there's a small one inch square of card, pock marked with stabs of the needle which has been used a number of times as the foundation for the hand pieced patchwork scarves I make.
The page on the left.There are the beer bottle caps and the jumble of embroidery threads.The semi circle represents the palm leaf basket.
The challenge for November is to use typography or text which I really like.I'll be working on the September challenge too which was "lists".
A month to go and the year will be over.Its been a productive year and I'll have my first fibre book to show for all the work I've put into this challenge.
Sharon B has outlined the challenge for next year, read more about it here.

11 comments:

Chris' Shady Grove said...

I love what you can do with a bar of chocolate. It is lovely to see a long shot of your TAST stitch work too.

EMBELLISHER said...

The things chocolate can make you do is more like it as far as I'm concerned ha! ha! Thanks Chris.Oh, yes that's my TAST.

Tanguera said...

What a neat piece.

Robyn said...

There's some wonderful imaginative work in there Maya!

paulahewitt said...

these look great - i like the beer top shisha - i wondered what they were as soon as I saw the photo. very clever

Plays with Needles said...

I love this artistic representation of your studio. Well done!

EMBELLISHER said...

Thanks for stopping by Tanguera.

Wonder what happened to my imagination in September, I have to deal with the Sep TIf now. Thanks Robyn.

Paula - yeah the beer tops are my current favourites.I'm collecting all the different ones I can lay my hands on.

Pat said...

How imaginative! I love what you have done with this assortment of "stuff." And, of course, I am really looking forward to seeing your finished book of stitches.......take care...friend. Pat

Nona said...

hey please please tell ushow you managed to stitich bottle caps on.. really a tutorial would be helpful.. its simply mind blowing...superb..great. please

tumbleweed said...

i collect beer bottle caps for use as adjunct mordants...while in India recently i needed some black thread, and dyed it using a tea bag, some warm water and a rusted bottle cap (and 24 hours soaking!)

Magpie Sue said...

I especially like the red page. It definitely gives the feeling of your work baskets.

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