Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Fabric collage -- out in public

In 2015 I did a collaborative art project with my dear friend Uta Lenk, who lives in Germany.  We each prepared six sets of fabric stuff -- one envelope to me, an identical envelope to her.  The envelopes contained three or four bits and pieces of fabric, lace, cord, maybe a button or bead, and miscellaneous things we found in our respective studios.  We exchanged the envelopes and then each month we made a fabric collage that had to use everything in the envelope plus whatever else we might want to add.  For coherence, I chose to stitch all my collages onto a neutral linen background, which in turn was stitches to the deep gray mat board.

We had fun doing the project, but on my part I would say that only four or five of the twelve rose to the level of art.  As with so many experiments in a new method or procedure, it takes a while to find your way.  But three of them seemed good enough to put in frames for the new show at PYRO Gallery.

Gold Star

Only one hitch -- Uta and I had made our collages to fit onto 8x12" mat board, and I couldn't find frames in that size.  So I got 9x12 frames and eked out the width with strips of colored paper. 

Pig Newton

If I were starting from scratch I'd prefer the mat board the same size as the frame, but the stripes do add a jaunty air, especially when all three collages are hung together.

By the way, I don't like to put fabric under glass, so I put the collages into the frames naked.  I know there are some drawbacks to this approach in that the work can get dusty, but I didn't want to pop for expensive shadowbox frames that would keep the glass forward off the 3-D collages.  I hope it works out well.

Slick Dude

If you'd like to see all our collages from that project, click here.


  1. Great Projects. Thank you for the Christmas ornament. Terry and I looked at the map wondering what it was a map OF. Off to see the Google Guy and my England guess was correct. Terry also thought it was so cool that you put a "C" for Carol on it. Thanks for sending it to me.
    xx, Carol

    1. Carol -- all my ornaments have the recipient's name or initial. Prevents fights among family members, unless, as in my own family, there's a Ken and a Kathy. Glad you like it.

  2. I like that you didn't smash these down under glass. I also think that Gold Star and Pig Newton might have been a bit... bland(?) next to Slick Dude with his fringey edges.

    1. The best thing about Slick Dude is that his silver hair is a reflective fabric, so in the right light he shines!