"WHEN I GROW UP, I WANT TO BE JUST LIKE YOU"
Have you ever thought about a statement like that? I did, many times. My life is filled with mentors and people I admire for one reason or another.
Whom do you want to grow up to be like? It could be a parent or parents, teachers, friends, famous people, musicians, actors, actresses, etc.
I WANT TO BE LIKE . . .
I admire the writing style of J.K. Rowling. She captures my attention with her words alone. The movies are bonuses. I admire the singing talents of Christina Aguilera, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey and Barbra Streisand. Their vocal ranges and voice control are amazing. I admire the power of influence of Oprah. I admire the artistry of many.
Wouldn't it be fun to imagine that a marketplace exists where one could go shopping for the characteristics, skills, talents or virtues he or she wants to possess? I know there are many technical, ethical and philosophical problems to this idea, but it's fun to imagine.
These postcards were created with the idea: "When I grow up, I want to be just like you." It's for an exchange group through Surface Design. Our challenge was to create a postcard using "bamboo." I didn't know fabric, thread or yarn made from bamboo existed until I read about it in a message in the Surface Design group.
HOW I CREATED THESE POSTCARDS
To create these postcards, I hand dyed and hand painted several lengths of bamboo yarn with Jacquard silk paints and Neocolor II Watersoluble Wax Pastels.
LESSONS IN THE GARDEN
The background was made by sandwiching different colors of silk roving between angelina fibers, which were heat set with an iron.
The main flower, its stem, and the vertical leaves are made from my hand-dyed bamboo yarns. The main flower was needle felted onto the background using dyed yarn. Blue and gold beads were sewn to the centers of the flowers.
LESSONS IN THE SEA
Several strands of yarn were painted with Neocolors, blended with water, and heat set with an iron. These yarns were sandwiched between angelina fibers and heat set with an iron as in the previous postcard.
The fishes were made from my dyed yarns which were needle felted onto organza and stitched onto the background with black thread.
These are the bamboo yarns I dyed and painted to create these postcards.These postcards are being mailed to artists outside of the U.S. I have two more to create. They'll be slightly different from these two. I'm going to keep those a secret from the recipients. I like surprising people. Surprise T~~!!! ;-D
Whom do you want to grow up to be like?