I love to work with layering, shadowed images and vague impressions. I like to see what happens when I take a torn piece of fusible web and cover it with a lightly painted dryer sheet, then maybe stamp on it, or take a dryer sheet with a design already stamped on it and layer it over something. The possibilities are endless.
I started this piece last year or the year before, can’t remember. It just never came together for me for some reason. I think I am a person (at least for right now) that is really in to creating patterns, mark making and other ideas that create a foundation, but sometimes I get lost from there. That’s what happened here. I was working intuitively and after deciding it needed more “lights”, I stamped over it with various stamps and white gesso and then got lost. I liked the colors, the stamped images, the hand stitching, but it still wasn’t coming together as a whole piece for me.
A couple of weeks ago, preparing for an art fair and contemplating making small pieces of economical art called ACEO’s, I pulled this piece out of the closet. Armed with a photo mat with a window cut ACEO size, I began to roam over it. I began to see all kinds of cool things. So I promptly cut it up. Then to each little piece that needed more, I added it. I think each little piece is now adorable and am very pleased with this experiment. There are frames on the market now that will will hold 3 of this size together.
Each little piece has a lot to look at…maybe that’s why the larger one wasn’t working…