Saturday, February 13, 2010

A sneak peek... (or is it a tease?)


It's with a sigh of both satisfaction and relief that I can finally say...I'm FINISHED!!Chapter 2 of my part in the Pulp Redux Collaboration is done. I've been sewing, sewing and sewing these last few days. Every time I thought I was finished something else would show itself, something that had to be there, something that belonged. They say that ignorance is bliss, I often told myself the same thing over the last few months that I have spent on these pages. Usually when I'd decided to do 'just one more thing' and then quickly realised that 'one more thing' was leading to just one more...but that is the way it is with creativity. With flow. With ambition. I really wanted to push myself with these pages. Working in fabric, bead making, dying with onion skins and making dye from a nest. All new things to me. I was so in awe of Lisa J's work that I wanted to honour her art and her theme by giving it my all and despite the sore fingers I've loved doing it! As it so often happens when you push yourself you find that there is a little more there, a lesson learnt and a new self discovery to be made. The rewards are big!
So without further ado...and before it starts to sound like I am accepting an Emmy,lol, here's a sneaky peek at how the finished pages look.
End view of the closed (not litteraly!) book. The book is made from a vintage photo album. The top half of the photo shows Lisa's work. I love how they mingle as one.

The side views. Delicious layers of fibre and thread! The wooden part on the top is Lisa's work, she used parts of a cuckoo clock. How clever is that??
Please click Lisa's blog link and the Pulp Redux link in my side bar to see what else has been going on in the Pulp Universe!

Pretty much everything you see here was either found, gifted to me or bought in a second hand shop.
I'm not even sure what the red disc below is...I found it on the floor while vacumning!
I love how the lace below used to be someone elses net curtains...they look like they were made for this book!
Found roofing nail caps and 'pearls' from Spain. A beautiful partnership! I recieved a broken pearl necklace from the artist that I did my first ever AB swap with. They're here to represent Lisa's Grandmother ( I will explain that later!) The thick string is the only new ingrediant I bought in this whole spread. Gotta love recycling!
That adorable heart was sent to me by Danit (from NZ mail art) I only recieved it yesterday...who knew I needed that? Love it when it works out like that! She gave me a whole bunch of other cool things too and one of her own collages. Thanks Danit!

And just one more.....

Would you believe that's not even all of the photos I took?

Watch this space for the next post, I will reveal all soon!

13 comments:

Kim said...

Beutiful textures Lisa. It looks like a perfect match to Lisa's own contributions. No woner you have been sewing your little fingers off! Loving all the smaller details, the pearls, the little wooden beads,the roofing nail caps, red thingy and all the wonderful fabrics and threads just yummy! You so know that the red thingy belongs to something somewhere don't you, LOL! Those pearls are gorgeous, can't wait to see the rest of the pics and eventually get my hands on this little treasure!

alteredbits said...

oooh, this is just gorgeous and you are SUCH a tease! i want to see more and can't wait to hold it in my hands for real, turn the pages and run my wee fingers over all of them!

that red disk is fantastic -- i wish i vacuumed more often and found one as well. ;) i still just adore those roofing thingies! those are just too cool. all of your stitching and everything -- magnificent! so love all that you have put into lisa's book!

ArtPropelled said...

Very enticing photographs. I wish I could see the cover! Are those cork beads in the 7th photo or wood? Bewautiful work, Lisa!

La Dolce Vita said...

what a teaser you are! love these tiny details and it is all in the details!!

Lisa said...

wow..where do i start? this is so amazing! I LOVE what you've done here...it adds so much to the original!! I'm just speechless! Love the look from the side.. all those layers! The vintage pearl - how perfect, the red disk, the found bits and embellishments...and yes, i am always finding one more thing to do as well! You've out done yourself..it's just so gorgeous. I love the way you've signed your initials at the bottom too.. something we all should do when finished our pages..superb idea.
I'm so excited.. thanks so much talented lady!

Penny said...

What a wonderful set of pages. So many lovely bits and pieces.

Debrina said...

Hi Lisa - I finally made it! Phew. I am so beat - late night last night, and the night before that and now I can hardly keep my eyes open but I forced my tired body to the computer so I could suck also this up and have sweet dreams, he he. OMG, I love everything you have done. You have put so much care and aroha into this piece. The detailing is just incredible! How many hours of stitching there must be!!!! I love the side view - all those layers....and the roots are what you put into it...you are their sustenance. Marvellous stuff!

Harnett-Hargrove said...

It is so very interesting to see details and try to put the entire picture together! -J

layers said...

its such a good feeling when you finish something-- all the lace and threads and stitching creates such lovely textures

Renee Howell said...

LOVE the edges of the first few photos. And, yeeessss! I do believe you probably took a "few" more photos that you didn't post. :-). thanks for the visit to my space in blogworld.

Joan said...

Love the textures,colours and heaps of interest.
Great photography.

Joy Logan said...

wow that book!

Threadhead said...

I totally love it!!