Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Signed, Sealed, and Delivered!

Mission accomplished!

I don't usually take commissions. I know where my limitations lie. Deadlines are always tough to meet when you have children as your prime responsibility to care for. Mostly - I worry the whole time whether the client will like the piece, instead of enjoying the process.

This was an exception in many ways. I proposed the commission, the client chose something that was already mostly complete and I had a relaxed, rather than a rigid, timeline. And.... she loved it. Whew. I love it myself.

It began with plain white print cloth.
Dyed - pinkish. Overdyed with browns.
Several images were manipulated in Photoshop to create screens; violin, manuscript, wings.
Manuscript was screened with a discharge agent to remove dye from the fabric.
Manuscript was screened with brown textile paints.
Violins and wings were screen printed.
Large violin was screen printed and brush painted.
Hand stitching around the small violins.
Machine stitching to emphasize the large violin.
Textural machine stitching in areas to help highlight both large and small elements.
Very subtle beads added to add that ... spark.
Presentation - stretched and secured onto gallery wrapped canvas. The client can choose to hang it as-is or add a frame.


Kristin said...

Beautiful piece, Lyric!

Kristin F. in SC

Lorri said...

This piece is beautiful ...I love it the wings and instruments are truly inspirational...Congrats...
Thanks for sharing

Michele said...

I love the idea of the flight of music...lovely idea...very espressive. Have also realized I really really want to take a screening class ;)

lyric said...

Hi Michele - My class; Freeform Screen Printing will be offered on-line beginning October 23rd at www.quiltuniversity.com.

or - convince your guild to bring me to your area and I'll teach it live!

Screenprinting is by far my favorite surface design technique.

Deborah Younglao, Silk Painter said...

Hi Lyric - It's lovely! Especially the violin taking flight. I'm sure she's very pleased.

Deborah Younglao, Silk Painter said...

Lyric, I thought you deserved a "One Lovely Blog" award! If you feel like playing along, check out my post today (Aug 6) to see what you should do next!