Good grief, the levels I will sink to in an effort to amuse myself! Since my right hand isn't good for much- still recovering from the tendonitis - I find myself casting around randomly for things to do. I figured the entrance to the little stump house needed something, and so off I went to the thrift store to see what kind of garden ornament I could find. I was hoping for something a little more organic looking, but the slightly battered, lute-playing lady caught my eye.
She needed some fairy wings though, so I made a pair from some picture hanging wire and a scrap of silk. First, I shaped the wire, then tacked it onto the silk. Then I trimmed the silk to about a quarter of an inch from the wire, and used a thin line of Tacky Glue to hold the silk in place after wrapping it over the wire. It was fairly crude looking after it dried, so I whipped some pink embroidery floss around the edge of the wire to pretty it up. Then I just tied the wings in place.
I'm sure she will be quite decrepit by the end of summer, but for now she looks happy and peaceful in the doorway of her little stump palace.
I'm an artist who has been making stuff for 30 years. I used to spin, knit, weave, quilt, design, write, embroider and garden, and I still do most of these things, but for the last few years I have been focused on stitching images from Canada's first natural history, the Codex Canadensis.
I try to live a life of minimal consumption and maximum creation. More and more, I see how these are connected.