Monday, October 8, 2007

Family Spirit Masks

Today I finished the Family Spirit Masks and am very happy having finished. A good feeling, after all the time it took for it to "feel" good and complete, which it does now - I'm sure of that.

I wanted this piece to have a rough and also a delicate side. Something mysterious but not scary, expressive and full of feelings. Shining and raw. With stiches not too neet. I love contrasts and always like to work with them.

The faces are "'clickable" so you may see the details.














Now I have to hurry. Quick lunch then off to work.

18 comments:

Sue B said...

Andrea I absolutely love what you're doing with these masks.

sukipoet said...

Andrea The masks are just gorgeous. Mysterious. haunting. Love seeing the changes you've made since the earlier post.

Interesting to read that it's almost lunch time in Paris. Actually I think Paris is 6 hours ahead of the USA East Coast.But I could be way wrong. As I write it is 9am here.

Thanks for my birthday wishes!!

ANDREA said...

Thanks for the comment on the masks, I'm so glad I finished those today.

You are right Suki, we are 6 hours ahead of NY : just now it is 3 p.m. here.

Enjoy your day
(every time I open the computer here at work, I see the beautiful field with the little house and the turkeys which I put on as backscreen but I guess I didn't even ask you for permission? I hope that it is ok with you? Please let me know! If it is not, I'll remove it.

Cris in OR said...

My goodness the work you put into those pieces is amazing. How long does it take you to do something like that. The detail is wonderful..Good job finishing them.
We are 8 hours behind you on the West Coast here.

ANDREA said...

Cris, so it is 8 am and you are already sitting in front of the screen??? ;)
Thank you for your comment I can't say how many hours this piece took me, but it was a lot as it involved a lot of "stubborn" hand-stitching to give some texture to the surface. In between I often put it to rest with the other projects under the bed to avoid intervertebral disc damage;)

Lynn said...

Oh MY! Wow. The faces are exquisite. I see aged women, crones. I see lines and wrinkles and wisdom and earthiness. I love them. You did this on a machine? No? All by hand.
What an incrediable piece of work.
I feel so inspired by it. The colors are wonderful too. The textures. Oh oh oh.YESSSSSSSSSSSSSS! It speaks to me.

tammy vitale said...

Andrea - what a lovely, evocative piece. Your masks are wonderful - as you wish, not at all scarey, but full of stories just waiting to share! I LOVE the stitiching!

ANDREA said...

Lynn, this is what break 4 of my "leather" needles yesterday, I was tense and sweat a lot:).... the faces are machine stitched, the eyes are stitched by hand and on the overall surface I stitched little mounts with copper thread for texture , the rest is free-machine stitching.

Lynn said...

Andrea, thank you for explaining how you stitched the masks. I was having a hard time decerning it all being done by hand. I am relieved to learn you had to use the machine too, and that you do it so artfully. What exactly are the materials/fabrics used? The outer area looks like burlap. Do you just move the fabric around and stitch to get those grooves and raised areas? Do you paint on the fabric too? I hope it's okay that I ask for such details. If it's too personal please tell me.
Artists' secrets etc. (?) I am learning here. I can well imagine the sweat that goes into it. You must be using an industrial machine then.

Emmy said...

your masks are so great,, so I hade to see the rest of your work and I find it wonderful ,, and thanks for the comment on my blog
I wil come again and again and.....
and wil link you on my blog if that is oke with you .

Cris in OR said...

Andrea, I HAVE to get on early to keep in touch with all my friends and blog friends that are ahead of me in time! ;)In winter here it doesn't get light till almost eight in the morning. In summer it gets light at five or earlier. So we get a little mixed up in time. I know our Animals do.

sukipoet said...

andrea I am delighted that you are using the turkey field as your background and are enjoying the turkeys every day. I just put the permissions notice on because other bloggers have that too.

ANDREA said...

Lynn, if you click on the label "textile art - exhibition" under the post, you will see a former state of this piece. I stitch and tear on the thread, then paint the surface (linnen) with acrylic wash, then I remove the threads and dye the whole thing with thin batik paint. It adds the "bumpy" quality. The rest is re-stitch with hand, add colour here and there etc;)
Andrea

Carla said...

Hi Andrea, you did a great job finishing your masks. Today I had a long workingday, but I hope to work on my Punch tomorrow and then starting with a new oilportrait. Have a nice day.

Elizabeth said...

Hi Andrea, these are superb!!! Really beautiful colours, textures and stitching... I'm impressed! So glad that you managed to get them finished after so much 'blood, seat and tears' (well almost). Hope your back recovers before you embark on the next piece hidden under the bed :-)

Thank you for all your kind comments and encouragement. If it is any consolation I am behind on my drawing too... I feel the need to spend more time on them, instead of the 2-3 minutes I am currently able to give. I hope this situation improves soon. (Lots of family stuff to sort out.) Don't worry if you are behinf, we all do what we can when we can.

All best wishes, E

Lynn said...

I keep coming back to look at the masks again. Is it okay to copy them as photos to keep?
I would love to come and take classes from you in how to do this art form. Thank you for sharing so much about it. I wouldn't know where to start, but it is exciting and inspiring and making me wonder if I could go back to school and study textile art. I think I'd be in heaven.

Micki said...

Andrea, these are absolutely wonderful. I love your art. Thanks for sharing with us.

dmlebris said...

Love the colors and textures.
Fabulous!

Danielle