Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Passion (we are to love)

A few people have asked me just what found poetry is. basically the "found poetry" or "DADA poetry" technique involves skimming the text on a page you are altering, and isolating certain words to form a new message. I would say a vast majority of my work is based on this approach but not as blatant as my last few pieces have been.

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when I made this I started by skimming the page for prime words that some what told a story and circled them then I used a color pencil and shaded out the background words. next I layered various papers behind the page to help strength it. A fabric background was created. Lastly I stitched on the page with my sewing machine to block out more of the text to better highlight the poem.

This is a detail of a "thread nest" alongside the word passion that was free motion stitched with my sewing machine.

If you want to try you hand at this approach these ideas may help you make your own found poem's: here , here, and here.


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9 comments:

Seth said...

This is just so beautiful Ruth. The poem, the scratch-covered words, the layering, and the stitching. Must be even more special in person.

Mary Green said...

Ruth, you inspired me to give it a little try and it is VERY fun. Thanks for the inspiration! Mary

Migraine Chick said...

What a wonderful idea. I'm going to try this!

Gilding the Lily said...

As usual, Ruth, you continue to be one of the most fascinating people I know. Love this piece...

knitsteel said...

Thank you times 3!

tangled stitch said...

Really interesting concept. Love it!

As Seen Through My Eyes.... said...

Gosh, I just LOVE your work! So innovative...so creative...so fabulous!

connie said...

we are to love...beautiful piece love the side stitching.

makehasteslowly said...

Truly creative, truly wonderful!