Roots of Rhythm X-Part 3

June 28, 2015

If you’re late to this party, here’s Part 1 and Part 2.
Now that the lower left and upper right cellular sections were mostly complete, I needed make some choices about how to use the  large space between them where I wanted to somehow show a flow happening. This took time-with  lots of ideas tried and rejected. This is the stage in the process where a lot of self doubt creeps in. I had a pile of felted “elements” which I had separately stitched to add shape and sculptural lines .  I knew I wanted to incorporate them but there were endless possibilities as to how. I considered color, balance and line as well as the abstract “story” in my head of what moment of change/transformation was happening. After weeks (really!), I found a direction, I was happy with.

Roots of Rhythm X-step 6

Roots of Rhythm X-step 6

 

some of the felt elements looking for a home

some of the felt elements looking for a home

Lines were couched to carve the space into flowing sections. I had known all along that including the blue felt was critical, but wasn’t happy till I stumbled on the “ladder” possibility.
This now defined the basic structure of the space so I was more sure of myself and confident I was moving in the right direction. It was then much clearer to see how to show movement and flow with stitching,the felt pieces and some lovingly placed french knots.

detail

detail

Next time: the whole enchilada done.

Roots of Rhythm X-Part 2

June 26, 2015

If you missed it, here’s the previous post about this process.
Once the underlying structure was complete, things got much more interesting for me. I selected a piece of silk I had dyed over a year ago that had a beautifully complex and intricate texture. This was cut and fused to each cellular section.

Roots of Rhythm X: step 4

Roots of Rhythm X: step 4

…until all were filled.

Roots of Rhythm X: step 5

Roots of Rhythm X: step 5

…and I happily free motion stitched each one. I love this part-podcasts and stitching!
Here’s a close up:

Roots of Rhythm X: step 5 detail

Roots of Rhythm X: step 5 detail

More to come…

Roots of Rhythm X- Part 1

June 23, 2015

I’m often asked questions about my process so whenever I start a new piece, I try to make a commitment to document it along the way…and usually fail.

BUT the piece I just finished, Roots of Rhythm X was happily an exception. So, if you’re interested, here are a series of posts looking at the steps to its creation. This piece was under construction for the better part of two months.

Part 1

After sketching out some rough ideas and making some critical color decisions (documenting that step would involve many pictures of me pawing through piles of dyed silk and looking discouraged and lost), I chose the violet background silk, fused it onto a piece of Warm and Natural batting cut a few inches smaller. I then couched varigated yarn to build the cellular grid.

Roots of Rhythm X: step 1

Roots of Rhythm X: step 1

When the grid was done, inner shapes were added. This red/rust silk is all one color. The variation comes from light catching the nap of the charmeuse at different angles.

Roots of Rhythm X: step 2

Roots of Rhythm X: step 2

…till all spaces were filled. I then stitched around each red/rust shape.

Roots of Rhythm X: step 2

Roots of Rhythm X: step 2

Please let me know if you have more specific questions about these steps.
Stay tuned for more…

“Interpreting The Surface” exhibit reviewed

April 30, 2015

As I wrote in my last post, I am honored to be a part of the “Interpreting the Surface” exhibit currently at the Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery in Shelburne, VT.
Amy Lilly wrote an indepth review  of several works in this exhibit in the online magazine Seven Days VT including my piece, Beneath I.  It’s always interesting to me to hear how someone else sees and describes my work. Amy’s precise language makes me appreciate how carefully she observes. Here’s what she wrote:

“In Karen Kamenetzky’s colorful “Beneath I,” hand-dyed red silk stitched with jostling, circular shapes peeks from a chasm-like break in green-dyed felted wool. The wool’s textures are innumerable: large twists, thin ridges, protozoan shapes, swaths of tiny knots worked in green thread. Kamenetzky finds her inspiration in microscopic cellular life, and that metaphor fits “Interpreting the Surface” as a whole: The closer the eye gets to these surfaces, the more astounding seems the amount of work that went into their creation.”

Beneath I

Beneath I

Thank you, Amy!

The exhibit will be up until May 26th.

Upcoming show in Vermont-Interpreting the Surface

April 12, 2015

If you will be anywhere near Shelburne ,VT over the next month or two, please come and see this exhibit at the Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery. Three of my pieces will be there rubbing shoulders with work of some very innovative fiber artists!
If you do go, I’d love to hear your impressions of the show.

Interpreting the Surface

Interpreting the Surface

But where will I put it?

March 12, 2015

The wonderful exhibit in Georgetown, TX at the Georgetown Art Center opens tomorrow. The organizer, Nick Ramos, has offered to send me this very large hanging poster with the image of one of my pieces after the show closes.  I couldn’t say no but may have to  create a cathedral ceiling in my little house! I’ll figure out something…
If you’re close by please do get to the exhibit. Besides two of my pieces, you’ll have the chance of seeing work by several other very gifted artists including Deidre Adams, one of my favorites!

Georgetown, TX poster

Georgetown, TX poster

Snow and felting

March 10, 2015

A good combo.  Instead of whining about the below zero unrelenting cold, I made some cobweb felt using various fibers; merino and wensleydale (curly!) embellished with bombyx silk and bamboo silk for lustrous shimmery lines. Here drying  by the woodstove. Extra credit if you spotted the bird at the feeder.

I’ll go back to whining now while it’s all drying.

cobweb felt

cobweb felt

A closer look for you all that appreciate lovely fiber texture.

cobweb closeup

cobweb closeup

Small Mounted Felted Creation #4

February 24, 2015

Biome IV

This piece is a bit different. Instead of sewing felt onto a silk background, I constructed this entirely of felt. As I’ve said before, felt is a dream to sew-both by machine and hand.
This piece is 11.5″ square and is mounted onto a 14″ x 14″ x 1.5″” black gallery wrapped stretched canvas. This  will appear on my website soon and is offered for $450 with free shipping. Let me know if you’re interested!

Biome IV

Biome IV

Zoomed in:

Biome IV detail

Biome IV detail

Small Mounted Felted Creation #3

February 21, 2015

Roots of Rhythm IX

While using the Roots of Rhythm underlying composition, I explored including blue vertical elements.
This piece is 11.5″ square and is mounted onto a 14″ x 14″ x 1.5″” black gallery wrapped stretched canvas. This  will appear on my website soon and is offered for $450 with free shipping. Let me know if you’re interested!

Roots of Rhythm IX

Roots of Rhythm IX

Zoomed in:

Roots of Rhythm IX detail

Roots of Rhythm IX detail

Small mounted felted creation #2

February 17, 2015

Roots of Rhythm VIII
I continued to explore the Roots of Rhythm motif with this one but skewed the orientation to a diagonal and included a section of 3D elements.

This piece is 11.5″ square and is mounted onto a 14″ x 14″ x 1.5″” black gallery wrapped stretched canvas. This  will appear on my website soon and will be offered for $450 with free shipping. Let me know if you’re interested!

Roots of Rhythm VIII

Roots of Rhythm VIII

And here’s a close up:

Roots of Rhythm VIII -detail

Roots of Rhythm VIII -detail


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