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Paper Flowers Exhibition – Guest Blogger Leslie Barnes

March 16, 2011

Once Upon a Time …. would be an apt description of my final project for Level 2 Experimental Hand Stitch.  The inspiration for my book was stone work of the Cloisters in NY and the effigies of the V & A.  Images of flowers, fruit, vines and ribbons festooned the somber and hard surfaces of stone.  What an exploration it has been for me to interpret these images in a new and more contemporary way.  Layers of netting and scarf were basted atop of overdyed fabric appliqued with leaves and flowers.  A variety of stitches were added to add depth, detail, movement and consistency to the pages.  Last minute stitching (the night before!) and my project was finished! 

 Working with fellow students to mount the exhibit, with Gail’s expertise and Penny’s valuable insights,  was challenging but rewarding.  In less than 5 days we mounted and hung 50+ pieces which garnered praise and enthusiam from the visitors to the exhibit. 


 

 

 

9 Comments leave one →
  1. Cathy FL permalink
    March 18, 2011 3:19 pm

    Leslie your work has an etherial quality that reminds me a little of Toller Cranston. Beautiful!

  2. moe permalink
    March 18, 2011 3:50 pm

    I had the privelege of seeing this in person- it is an amazing ‘book’. The level of skill displayed by all the artists is truly awe-inspiring.

  3. Karen Jurek permalink
    March 18, 2011 7:55 pm

    Leslie,

    Your work is so beautiful! I look forward to seeing it in person when you return home and bring it to Guild.

    Karen

  4. Nancy Lazar permalink
    March 18, 2011 8:58 pm

    What beautiful work… Inspiring. You have been busy. Wish I had joined in!

  5. Jean Raines permalink
    March 19, 2011 4:57 pm

    Wonderful, Leslie. I, too, look forward to seeing your work when you return. So delicate and graceful. It is truly inspirational.

  6. Gabrielle permalink
    March 20, 2011 7:40 am

    So very beautiful and inspirational

  7. Sue permalink
    March 21, 2011 4:03 pm

    So much thought, inspiration, hard work and love has gone into this work. I look forward to seeing it.

  8. Lexa Shaw permalink
    March 23, 2011 4:18 am

    I was going to say your work has an etherial feel to it but someone beat me to it. It looks like fairy work. Just lovely.

  9. Charlene permalink
    March 23, 2011 4:24 pm

    Leslie,
    Absolutely beautiful! I am looking forward to seeing your pieces. They look so fresh and inspiring. I love your colorful reinterpretations of stonework. Great idea. See you soon.

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