River hanging progress

This is as far as the two hangings have got so far: they are fused on to lutradur and I will be adding stitching.   I don’t know whether to keep them as two, or to join them horizontally or vertically.  That decision will, I hope, come to me later.   

When I cut the lutradur, I was planning to wrap the finished hangings around some gallery wrap canvases that I have.  But once I started cutting the strips of fabric, I realised that they needed to be larger and wrapping them would lose a lot from round the perimeter.  So I think I will stitch them to some heavy canvas fabric and put a hanging sleeve on the back.  That’s the plan at the moment, anyway – these hangings seem to have a mind of their own.

Here they are side by side.

mud hangings side by side 

And here they are vertically:

vertical mud hanging

I don’t think I ever posted a photo of the one I made at the Erika Carter workshop last summer.  I haven’t done anything else to it so far, but here it is:

mud hanging made last summer

It isn’t a very good photo, but it gives the general impression.  That’s another I have yet to finish.  I think I  have observed that I work in distinct phases.  The initial ideas, the percolation of the ideas, construction and finishing.  And often there will be months between the various phases but that time seems to be necessary for me to see them afresh.  I seem to be much better at finishing 10 wallhangings at once than one at a time!  Does anyone else work like this?

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10 Responses to River hanging progress

  1. Jill June 7, 2008 at 4:23 pm #

    Lovely work, Liz. I have to admit that before Etsy, I was unfamiliar with the type of art you create. I’ve been enjoying seeing and learning more.

  2. Sharon June 7, 2008 at 4:26 pm #

    Liz, this is so fascinating to me! Your work is beautiful, and it’s fun to see it as it progresses through all the different stages. Can’t wait to see it finished!

  3. ZudaGay June 7, 2008 at 4:57 pm #

    Very cool….I almost like them side by side…until I saw your other one and now I don’t know. If I don’t work at something until it is finished it probably won’t get finished. I have a LOT of UFOs!

  4. Serendipity Collections June 7, 2008 at 5:02 pm #

    Liz, your work is just gorgeous! I love looking at your blog!


  5. Fiona D June 7, 2008 at 7:16 pm #

    Love all the textures and colours in these pieces, I’m finding this vertical layering very inspiring.

  6. Jennifer Rose June 7, 2008 at 7:55 pm #

    I like the 2 pieces vertically, I like how my eyes follow the piece down, flows more like a river.

    Really like the textures on the wall hanging from the workshop.

  7. karoda June 7, 2008 at 11:48 pm #

    i’m digging all that texture in the one you created in the workshop!

    if i’m understanding you right, i working the same way…at the moment i’m focused on getting tops made and surface design when i can’t focus on the tops. next when all 5 tops are made i’ll work on layering, basting, then on to quilting , etc.

  8. kathy June 9, 2008 at 6:08 pm #

    Liz, that piece you did in the class is very interesting, very dimensional. I work the way you do, start, stop and months may go by on my pieces before I get the answer for what to do next. I have two on the wall right now that have been there for a very long time, but I am getting inspired to complete them.

  9. Natalya June 12, 2008 at 12:55 pm #

    had to come out of lurkdom to say how i love the workshop piece.. the texture is stunning!

  10. Mags June 23, 2008 at 8:48 pm #

    I love those Liz and particularly the bottom one. You are very busy and so am I, but I’m so ashamed to say I haven’t yet used my Gocco nor sent away for new bulbs for it.