Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Cherish Thou Art

I have no knowledge of myself as I am, but merely as I appear to myself.
:::Immanuel Kant:::

Yes, amongst this chaos and clutter, I create... I truly work on top of the layers!

I worked on this project last week... I had fun creating and altering fabric and papers for this interactive little piece.

I cut a heart out of many layers of book text and stitched them all up to create a "book heart" then I used gel medium to help add more "weight" to the pages.

here is the back side of the piece... I do not always show the backs of all my projects but the backs are just as important to me as the front... its a little hidden treat for the viewer.


Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.
:::Ralph Waldo Emerson:::

you can see how the little interactive part flips over to revel the words "cherish" and "pleasure" then there is a little tag that reads "they reviled" and "thou art" along with a lovely turquoise leaf.

Success is dangerous. One begins to copy oneself, and
to copy oneself is more dangerous than to copy others.
It leads to sterility.
::: Pablo Picasso :::

this is the side view of the "heart book" see how I used the gel medium to help the pages stand up.

An artist should never be a prisoner of himself, prisoner of style, prisoner of reputation, prisoner of success, etc.
::: Henri Matisse:::





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31 comments:

knitsteel said...

All of your pieces are a treat. I love reading your blog.

Carol said...

Oh so lovely, realy scrummy colours.

Cindy In Carolina said...

It seems like your post are so far in between, it's just because I love your work so.... but, then when you do post......SUCH EYE CANDY. Your work is sooooo wonderful!!!! I can't wait for the Quilting Festival. Your classes at AFF will be filled up and quick too!

Ruth Rae said...

I have been trying to post more...
the last few months have been a blur for me as I have been having many wonderful adventures! but things are a little less crazy right now and I will be spending many days in my studio crating projects for my fabric book!
and I will have a little more time to blog :)

kiwicarole said...

WoW! this is an amazing piece of art! You are very inspiring! Thanks for sharing!

Kelly Snelling said...

Dude! you're freaking me out! yellow, green and red?! you know i am in color heaven over here! clap! clap! clap! i love the stitching on your creation. so many details to keep me happy. i hope you are all better now. no more cold!! i put a drill into my finger last night. truly a pain i had yet to encounter...

Gunnels blog said...

Beautiful as always! Thanks for sharing!

martha brown said...

I love these wonderful layers -- and I'm envying your mess! I can't wait to finally move and be able to make a big mess again!

daydreamstudios said...

Love your workspace. I too work in layers...lol When things start falling on the floor, I just give it a sweep to the side and it's all better. Can't interrupt the flow with such bother.
K

suze said...

I love this piece. And your workspace looks just like mine. I have a huge table to work on but only a small square of it is ever cleared to work on something. I haven't tried working on top of the stuff, hmmm.

Kristen Robinson said...

Oh Ruth I adore this the depth of your pieces constantly amazes me rich colors wonderful texture...it is pure beauty.

XOX
Kristen

michelle ward said...

Ruth - just coming over after reading about your blog in AB. Such lovely work. I really love how you incorporate all the stitching in your work - so foreign to me. This fluttering heart is delicious. *runs to bookmark this site*

~*~Patty said...

Such an amazing piece of art, down to the last detail = Love it!!! I bet it's alot of fun to hold and play with too = amazing! Glad someone else has alot of 'stuff' on their work surface, I like my things around me hahaa! The quotes are an inspiration as well, TFS.

Healing Expressions said...

This work is just stunning Ruth! I love getting a feel for an artist's working space. I think we are all more alike than different in that area! YOur blog is such a visual treat!
Take Care
Lani

Sabii Wabii said...

So this is what blog heaven looks like! I love it here!
Blessings,
Terisa

Lynne said...

Love the picture of your workspace!
Now I know I'm not alone! :)

catharinas-love said...

Oh , this is so beautiful to see .
You know I love your work very very much Ruth !
Love Rini - the Netherlands

Cathy said...

I've brwsed through your blog for the first time, and I just love it! So many beautiful things! I'll come back, that's for sure!

Maija said...

This is your year, Ruth! You are so wonderfully gifted!

Gaby Bee. said...

By the way can I just say that I think your pieces are absolutely thrilling eye candy. I love your use of color despite vintage content.
Truly stunning!
Gaby

liz said...

oh lucky, lucky me!! i love this SO much ruth!! thank you, thank you, thank you!!! i will cherish it!
liz xx

Shayla said...

That is a beautiful book! I've looked through your blog and I love what you do with fibers too :)

Waltraud said...

Love these wonderful hearts!

Carmen said...

I saw you were featured in the upcoming issue Artful Blogging and I had to come take a peek. Wow! This piece is stunning. I can't wait to check out the rest of your blog. I love the picture of your workspace.... you are a girl after my own heart!

Have a great Tuesday!

Carmen

spiralsun65 said...

What a fantastic idea - I love that heart book. Such gorgeous colours too.

sallyt said...

HI, Ruth! It's been way toooo long since I blog hopped over here. I was reminded to come again when I saw your fantastic article in the new Artful Blogging. Congrats on that beautiful publication. Hey, no wonder you have such luscious layers in your work -- look at your table! LOL. Actually it looks like mine. I just noticed today that my tables are full I actually had two collage pieces going on the FLOOR! Thanks for sharing your inspiring work.
Hugs,
Sallyt

Karen Cole said...

I so wish I could have seen your work in person. You are an amazing artist. Everything is perfect. The color the fibers, the fact that you want to touch it all over, smell it. Truly lovely.

Judy did WAY more shopping here BTW. Wish you could have joined us.

Any chance you would be coming to the east coast to teach? I'd love to learn everything you know!

KarenHarveyCox said...

This is my fist visit to your beautiful blog. Congratulations, I just got my copy of Artful Blogging and read your article. Your work is wonderful. Karen

inventivesoul said...

~*Ruth*~
The turquoise leaf and the colors of your piece are very attractive.
I am happy to see you blogging more often.
It is a lot of fun for me to see what you are up to!

I bought a sewing machine and although I cannot make it to art fiber fest, I will have my own art fiber fest here at home... Have you ever dyed fabrics with pomegranate juice? If so, does is hold fast or do you need vinegar or an acid?
Thanks!

Amber Dawn

Jackie said...

I have enjoyed reading your blog but I especially liked this piece. Thanks for sharing.

thealteredpage said...

Came to your blog from Artful Blogging. Great piece here! Love the combination of colors and the layers, layer, layers.