Sunday, November 25, 2007

The First Spiritpocket and the beginning of the second)

This is Cloudhead.

I was fiddling with cotton fibres just before lunch when he suddenly showed up! He didn't stay long but I liked his smile... looks a bit nuts, though?:)

Today has been a good creative day, although I regret a little not having put my nose outside. But it was so nice to be able to be in the studio one long day:)

The final touches to the First Spiritpocket are done. This is it, hanging on the wall. I made a solid "back" for it which does not show but stabilizes the whole thing. I fringed the border and sewed little "chrysalids" on the fringes, made of silk threads and fabric-paint. Then I took photos of these, they look like colourful insects.

I want the good spirits resting in this shelter at night and feeling safe.

The Second Spiritpocket has been pre-shaped too. Now I'm out of palm tree bark and we don't have much of this here in Paris:) I guess I have to think of some other material. Anyway, this was such a fine day, I hope your's too! Good night
















14 comments:

Lynn said...

Andrea, your art pieces always impress me and inspire me too. I love how you choose the colors of threads and turn them into marvelous creatures...your spiritpocket is just beautiful. Anyone would love to adorn a wall with it. Love all the different photos and angles. Hope you find more bark to keep you going.

Lynn said...

ps I also wanted to mention that the cotton fiber guy is funny! Clever too.

Sue B said...

Gorgeous spirit pocket Andrea. I just love your color choices. Cloudhead is a hoot!

Annica said...

Love how you did the fringes and your fiber beads are gorgeous!

Cris in Oregon said...

How will you find the bark you need? I was watching a program last night on a sculpter in the USA who used hard woods for sculpting and he wanted a special gnarly wood that only grew in Africa. So he went on a Tree Safari. It was a lovely program showing the animals and trees and scenes. He did get some wood but only that wood that was dead or dying.. they were very adamant about that. It turned out to make beautiful bowls and things. An African man in his 80ies in one scene said the wood didn't die it lives on in the beautiful bowls. Maybe you need to go on a Bark Safari. ;-)

Into the Blystic said...

Hi Andrea
I'm so glad you found me so I could find you! I love the spirit pocket... I want to touch it! the detail photos are intriguing! namaste Elis.

Cris in Oregon said...

PS.. you will probably have to go where the Palm tree Bark is tho..forgot to say your colors are lovely.

ANDREA said...

:-)
Cris I'd love to go on a bark safari... !!!!! I unfortunately found a less expensive solution, a sort of tropical wood and palmtree store in california, who sells this stuff. I asked about sizes and volume by e-mail this afternoon, and will hopefully get an answer soon. It is not very expensive but you have to order 10 lbs or something...:) I'll bath in palmtreebark. I don't know, now that I worked with that I quite love the texture of it, nature is so wonderful in weaving things together.
Thanks for your nice comment, I love the story about the sculptor and the idea that the wood lives in the bowls! I will like to think the same thing about the palmtree bark I transorm. Lovely thought, thanks for having it brought to me!

sukipoet said...

So gorgeous. I love looking at it. LOve the little crysalids you made. I will have to try that with paper.

Good news on your bark adventure to find a company that sells bark. What a hoot. Maybe ten pounds of bark is a small package being as bark is so light or would that make it a big package?

Do you have an email address listed somewhere. I looked on your other blog and couldn't find it.

The cotton man looks made of whipped cream. Yum.

Debbi Baker said...

Andrea - what a wonderful spirit pocket - it is fascinating! Love your photography of it. Your blog is always so rich and interesting and I love the way you share photos of the places around you - Paris is such a source of fascination to me (and the rest of the world I guess!)It must be wonderful to live amongst such beauty and history.

Jacquelines blog said...

Hi Andrea, just discovered you're blog today, what a lovely pictures. Especially you're macro pictures! gorgeous!

Gunnels blog said...

oh, these are wonderful! I love to watch the picture in big size!

Frances said...

I just love the "chrysalids" and the finished Spiritpocket,

clevelandgirlie said...

Amazing spirit pockets andrea. The close ups of the texture are incredible. Such a wonderful array of shape, color and texture You really are such an accomplished artist. Neat beads too. I've just bought myself a book on how to make fiber beads - I will be experimenting soon, too.