Friday, July 22, 2011

100 Visual Journals – Stitched Tree Rabbit Cameo

The ever cool Juline, my great friend and fabulous source of art and inspiration, enlisted me to contribute the this cool collaborative art project. Over the course of the year, the Vis J's 4 NC project is attempting to fill up one journal for each county in North Carolina with creative yumminess.

As part of the Durham County journal, I was happy to stitch up this little rabbit tree cameo. The image is from a book that I go back to again and again: "4000 Animal, Bird & Fish Motifs: A Sourcebook."

(I bought the book when I took an intro to embroidery workshop at the John C. Campbell Folk Art School a few years back. That workshop started me on the creative stitching journey. And the school itself…DYN-O-MITE!)

The rabbit is from the Islamic art section.

I love images on tree trunks. (See my self-portrait as a tree.) After lightly padding the image with felt, I sewed the little cameo onto some black and white tree-trunk-esque fabric using feather stitch. And then I sewed it into the journal.

Fun, simple project. It feels good to finish something, however small.

Still a bit scattered by life and all of the changes and new people in it. But still being as open as possible to the world and to experiences. Living with my dial set at 12 and trying to embrace the days and see where they take me. I’ve met some amazing people in the past few months… other artists and writers. People who are passionate about what they’re making. So far, it is an amazing journey.  

Keep on rockin’ in the free world.

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  1. Wow - this is seriously the best lil rabbit ever. I love how he (he?) looks like he's running, even though he's tucked so tightly into that circle. That's really nice work.

  2. This has a really celtic feel to it! Gorgeous as ever!