Why shouldn’t stitches be on canvas? Stitches can be sewn, woven, knitted and crocheted using plastic, bamboo, wire, animal and plant fiber to name a few. Stitches hold something together to adorn the body, or hold someone together when nothing else seems to work. Stitches are created using a machine or by hand producing added texture and dimension to our lives. So, why shouldn’t stitches be on canvas?
Knitted wire stitches with beads held together by a stitched Dorset Button sewn by hand attached to felted wool embellished with a silk cocoon on silk fabric.
Mixed-media stitches on painted canvas.
A stitched Dorset Button sewn to a piece of silk stitched to a felted piece of wool, which reminds me of my favorite flower, the sunflower.
The sunflower is mine, in a way – Vincent Van Gogh
“Closure on Canvas” asks the viewer to consider the purpose of a button. The button as a utilitarian object as a fastener reflects modern fashion design. The focus of this three-dimensional piece of art considers the button as a handmade object of art, sewn to a substrate of hand felted wool, attached to a painted canvas using French knots. “Closure on Canvas” celebrates the individuality and uniqueness of handmade craft vs. industrial mass-produced items of today. The buttons are designed using worsted-weight wool yarn inspired by Dorset Buttons of the 1700s. The Dorset Crosswheel and Star Shirtwaister designs are the perfect vehicle for experimentation with color combinations and endless stitching possibilities. With each round of color, a rhythm develops enhancing a momentum of interest.
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