Busy Signal Got Me Thinking…

As I look back at that last post, I realize that much has changed:

  • gave my website a makeover for a cleaner, fresher look
  • rearranged my studio for better energy flow
  • finished and found the perfect title for my newest piece.

Ta-Daa…I give you Busy Signal

Lea McComas
Busy Signal, 36 in x 36 in, thread-painted portrait of girl with cell phone.
moveable machine stitching over fused fabric applique’
copyright: Lea McComas, 2017, all rights reserved

In my last post, I was just beginning the stitching phase of the work.  Take a look at the results up close.

Lea McComas
Busy Signal, detail stitching of mouth
copyright: Lea McComas, 2017, all rights reserved

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Busy Signal, detail stitching of hand
copyright: Lea McComas, 2017, all rights reserved

 

 

 

What really excites me about this piece were the challenges that led to an evolution in my process.

One of the difficulties in thread painting is to balance the stitching in such a way as to keep the surface relatively flat, and then mitigate when it isn’t.  This usually involves a process called “blocking” where the surface is moistened and then heat and pressure are applied until the piece is dry.  If all goes well, the bulk is redistributed.

That was not working for me, until panic and frustration led to inspiration.  I realized that Busy Signal was  flat except for the face.  When pushed from the back, it was beautifully convex, if not a bit unstable.

I went with it; attached a reinforced panel, slightly larger than the face, to the back of the piece and filled the space between with batting for support.  I’m thrilled with the result.  It may be difficult to fully appreciate in photos, but when you see the piece in person, you can realize how it enhances the sense of depth in the piece.


Why I love being an Artist?

problem-solving — thinking outside the box — discovering something new


Where can you see it in person?  I’m currently working on a few options.  I’m also hard at work on my next piece, and a new series, that will use this new technique again.  Stay tuned because you’ll see it and read about it here, first.

 

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