When I first read about our first challenge is “WALLS”….The first thoughts came as the barriers I struggled with all my life:
Can’t do this or that, Don’t do this or that, no encouragement, to name a few……
The past couple of years, I have started focusing on the POSITIVE things in my life:
juried into shows & exhibits,
making ART nearly everyday
"Breaking Down Barriers" is the result of my thoughts of a stone wall, that had eroded in spots, revealing parts of the some of negative words, but the main focus is the POSITIVE words that are revealing themselves from the stones.
I used a tea-dyed muslin as the base for writing the words on, laid a grey painted tyvek envelope on top, then added a layer of painted grey interfacing (could be a Lutradur but the bolt was a clearance item at WalMart with a tag Unknown Content) and once pinned I took it to my sewing machine to free motion the layers of stones. I then took a heat gun to the front, the tyvek melted alittle too much to my liking but I worked with it. I coated the words with a clear varnish and hand stitched the words in place randomly. I also used a brown paint stik to rub on the stitching between the stones. I had started stitching moss or weeds between the stones but, took them out - didn’t like it.
CLOSE- UP shows my word for 2010: ACTION.