Monday, February 22, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Mirrors and Buttons on silk
And then I thought, well that's interesting, I wonder what else can be shisha-ed, and started doing things like this.
Mirrors, Buttons, Sand Dollars and Urchin on velvet
And then I remembered how many places that use mirror work in their embroidery, do so because of a spiritual tradition. There are conflicting views based on the region, but often times mirrors are used to attract or repel spirits. Coins can be used in this way too, almost anything that's shiny. Bones, shells and teeth are also good examples of things that are relatively common in traditional needlework.
When I started digging, I also found many examples of seeds being used in traditional embroidery for similar reasons. Sometimes it's just that they make easy beads, and sometimes it's their scent that it used to attract or repel spirits. Sometimes it's just an easy way of holding onto them, it just depends on the culture. So I started playing around with that idea.
Then I just started raiding the yard and pantry for anything I could force a needle through.
Seeds and Husks on silk
Friday, February 12, 2010
My best friend Gigi (we call her Butt-Butt) is a hot shot on Etsy!
Here's my favorite quote-
"The best of those horrible names is for one of the many raccoons - his full name is Afrokintaro Kin Kinichi. He's 50% Japanese, 50% dog, 50% African, and part raccoon. He's not as popular as Prince Willis the raccoon, but that's what happens when you're stuck with a name like that..." Click here for the interview!
(She is the inventor of the NOM NOM soap!)