Saturday, June 7, 2008

Leaf ATC

Remember Me, ATC, (2.5" x 3.5")
Fannie Narte

The shine from the angelina fibers made this ATC difficult to photograph. Most of my pieces are made using metallic threads and fiber. I like "shine" and "glitz."

Purple and blue soy silk fibers were captured between thin layers of gold angelina fibers which were heat set to make a delicate sheet. The sheet of fibers was placed over a dried leaf and stitched with blue and purple threads. The background was quilted with monofilament thread.


The fragile fibers and dried leaf made me think of the delicate nature of life and time and its effects. People, animals, plants, insects, all living things begin life in infancy. Time passes, aging "happens," leaves dry, skin wrinkles, the cycle of life begins again with new life forms.

What happens to the aged, the old, the wrinkled . . . ? How will they be remembered? Are they forgotten?

We write our histories and create our legacies each day. Someday, "we" will be "they." There will come a time when we will think . . . "Remember Me." What will "they" know about us?

What is your legacy?


Melissa & Emmitt said...

Good Morning Fannie

What a beautiful ATC and post. :)

The person who meant the most to me growing up was my grandma. She was the most loving and caring person I have ever met.

When I was with her, she was there 100% and made me feel very loved and special.

She has been gone for over 20 years, but I remember her everyday. If there are guardian angels, she is mine. I believe her love still continues as i continue to live and learn new things.

The most important lesson she taught me was to be present in your life and the lives of those around you. All we have is the now. That is were the good stuff is.

I would like to be remembered as someone who lived in the present moment and loved her life and the people around her.

Have a wonderful day Fannie!

Regina said...

I think this is my favorite piece you've done. Leaves are one of my personal motifs... the first one I recognized as such. Is this a magnolia leaf? Thanks for sharing your process. I may have to borrow some ideas from you.
As for my legacy - I haven't thought about that much. I think more about the kind of person I want to be in the now. That is a kind and encouraging person who follows Jesus Christ.
I love your blog. Blessings to you.

freebird said...

This post fits right in with what I am going to do here: I've tagged you! I hope you like to play. You can find the posting for how here

How will you keep the leaf from crumbling too quickly? It's a beautiful ATC but if handled it looks like the leaf will dissolve. That fits right in with your ponderings but not with the effort you put into the ATC. I love bling, glitz, sparkle and sometimes ever gaudiness! I love how you combined a natural leaf with the bling.

I haven't worked with Angelina Fibers yet. There are so many products out there I'd have to "be a billionaire" to have them all. I've just recently bought some Pitt pens and Pan Pastels (if you haven't tried these pastels run, don't walk to Dick Blick - they are that great) and that was a pretty good investment! I do gradually get to getting most things; in the meantime I have my beads and sequins for sparkle.

I am balking at moving through the door of aging! It will happen, I hope I will age gracefully yet I intend to have more fun than I've allowed myself up to now. I've always been too practical and serious. The first place I've started is in art. I am playing this past year like never before; I am making art for no practical purpose for the first time in my life. It takes effort to do that but it's worth it.

And I am getting too long-winded here so let me move on to your other entries since I last visited!

rbaird said...

Lovely post... my parents are "they". My dad is very ill in a rest home. I try to remember the past should be left in the past, and enjoy the time I have left with them.

Fannie said...

Hi, Melissa. Your grandma is a special person, and you're lucky to have experienced life with her. My grandma, my mother's mom, died when I was five, and I never met my other grandma. I'm sure your grandma taught you many wonderful things.

I believe that being present 100% in any relationship shows how much you care and makes that person feel loved. When you show love that way, it builds confidence in a person. By reading your blog and your blog's comments, I see your grandma has transferred her goodness to you.

I have no doubt that you are building a wonderful legacy. Keep doing what you're doing. It's all great!

I appreciate you taking the time to share your insights and thoughts. When you share, I learn. Thanks for teaching.

Fannie said...

Hi, Regina, how's the renovation going? No mosquitoes, I hope. ;-D

When I look back at my earlier work, I see leaves are one of my personal motifs too. Interesting.

I purchased a package of leaves some time ago, and the label doesn't mention what kind of leaves they are. Sorry.

Feel free to borrow ideas.

You have been kind and encouraging to me and those who visit your blog. You "live" the teachings of Christ. Blessings back at you!

Fannie said...

Hi, Freebird. Tagged? I'll check out your post.

So far the sewing and my handling it while I was creating it hasn't done any damage to the ATC. However, it is fragile. It needs to handled with care.

I have a set of Pitt pens, and I enjoy them. Haven't tried the pan pastels, though. Will think about that one.

Walking through the doors of wisdom, is what I like to call "aging." Can one be "too" practical and serious? I think there are phases or seasons one goes through in the growth process, and I believe "practical and serious" are two of those phases. You may think you are creating art for no practical purpose, but sometimes "purposes" reveal themselves at a later time when we are ready to see with different eyes. In the meantime, it's good to see you following your passion, having fun and sharing with the world.

There are no word limits on my blog. Feel free to come and go as you please. If you see something that moves you, feel free to leave a comment. I offer you a safe place to come and visit and the freedom to express your thoughts in a nonjudgmental environment.

I learn when you share. I hope you take away something from your visits here too.

Fannie said...

Hi, Roberta. I'm sorry to hear your Dad is ill. I'm sure the time you spend with your parents is priceless. It's nice that you're able to do that. Good for you!

Regina said...

I'm wondering if you could give your leaves some stability by coating them with acrylic medium. I have done that in the past, but the leaves went onto a rigid ground once they dried.

Diana Evans said...

Hi Fannie...this is beautiful...and leaves are my favorite....

your work and the way you merge your writing is really a gift....I was reading all the amazing comments are amazing!