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On the Make

me sporting a blouse I made with my SF fabric

me sporting a blouse I made with my SF fabric

I have been making stuff and dreaming of making stuff all kinds of stuff.  My followers may remember the Urban fabric I designed using photos from my trip to NYC earlier this summer (see post https://lisathorpeartist.wordpress.com/2013/07/16/).  But I’ve been making more stuff.  Here’s my latest.

up close of the San Fransisco fabric features, classic SF metal work, graffiti, stone structures and more.

up close of the San Fransisco fabric features, classic SF metal work, graffiti, stone structures and more.

This fabric fun inspired me to design a San Francisco fabric.  Having lived in SF for over 10 years the images of spiral metal gates and stone work from Golden Gate park are near and dear to my heart.  So here is a knit top I made with the featured fabric.

purse made with my NYC urban fabric

purse made with my NYC urban fabric

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Now that I’m on this I just can’t stop.  I created a photo montage fabric of old barn wood that I have just ordered to be printed and can’t wait to get my hands on it to sew up.  I also was commissioned to create a photo montage fabric of a camp in upstate New York, the fabric includes wonderful old signs, worn door handles, window frames and more…. I’ll keep you posted on what comes next!

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Procrastinating

Commission piece, 3 generations and their pony pictures.  24"x12" Encaustic encased collage.

Commission piece, 3 generations and their pony pictures. 24″x12″ Encaustic encased collage.

For about a month I’ve been working on a commission or really mostly not working on a commission.  A woman who has bought some of my small encaustic collage pieces over the years asked me to do a piece using her family photos.  I accepted the commission and we talked a bit about what she likes about my work and size and price etc.  For about 2 weeks I just had the photos propped up on my studio desk.  These happy pony-riding faces stared back at me, but I struggled to get started.  I use old photos in my collages all the time, usually I don’t know the people, they are just found photos, lost photos, abandoned photos, photos that I am drawn to, photos that are asking me to give them life and put them into my art.  But now I had photos that had their own story and a client that held these people in her heart, this made me shy to impose my story on them. Of course the person who commissioned the piece wanted me to do something like the pieces she admired, that’s why she had me doing this…..well you can see why I was spinning and procrastinating. But last week I got down to business pulled out my portfolio of papers and box of ephemera and started laying things out stitching, gluing and waxing.  When I was done I was pleased and of course I need to be pleased but really she needs to be pleased.  So as I waited for her to arrive I paced my studio.  This is a tricky situation, what if she doesn’t like it? What about getting paid for my time? all this is has me spinning again, but as soon as she saw the piece she let out an excited gasp, I knew the story I had woven through her real life story worked….and once again I was reminded to trust myself, do what I do best, take the puzzle and make art, tell a story.

Here are three small pieces I did while I wasn’t doing the commission.

Encaustic Collage using images from old art book.

Encaustic Collage using images from old art book. 8×10″

Encaustic Collage using a drawing from my sketch book and book page on birds nests.

Encaustic collage using old art book images.

Encaustic collage using old art book images. 8×12″