Friday, January 11, 2008

In progress

I am working on this wall piece for an upcoming fundraising event at the Artisan Center of Virginia. The featured plant is Queen Ann's lace, a beautiful, lacy perennial, somewhat weedy for garden use but lovely for printing. I pick the seed pods in late August, and make them less three dimensional by pressing them for a day or two before they are used. For this piece the pods were printed in black on light gray linen, and combined with black and dark gray linen fabrics. I added pin tucks on the solid fabric strips to mimic the wiry stems.
Once the patch work front is sewn together with the vintage linen/hemp backing, the piece is turned and pressed.  This wall hanging is displayed hanging from a branch, with another branch at the bottom for added weight.  The final size is 13 x 26 and I am very pleased with how it turned out.

If you are interested in the event "An afternoon with artisans" you can contact the Artisan Center of Virginia, 1-877-508-6069, for more information. The event is scheduled for January 27, between 3 and 6, at the gallery in Waynesboro. The ticket price ranges from $100 - $500 for two persons, and all participants will bring home a lovingly created piece of art like this one.


  1. Hello Lotta! I just discovered your blog via your website. So glad to welcome you to blogland! You and I have great parallel interests: printmaking and plants! So awesome. I love your queen anne's lace hanging. I have noticed how popular plant silhouettes are in graphic design right now. There is a top selling illustration font of plant silos out there right now called, SubiktoTwo. Take a look. And that font and your work has me thinking about a project for this summer. I want to make photopolymer plates from plants (by laying the plates directly in the sun with plants on top). Then after processing the plates I will print them relief in the Vandercook press. I hope to work on this in a Penland workshop.

    If you haven't been there yet, check out my blog at May be you could link your blog to mine!

    All the best,

    Josef Beery

  2. Hi Josef, I can't wait to learn how the polymer plate project will work. Sounds like a great idea. I'll be happy to link blogs. Best wishes to all of you,

  3. Hi Lotta! It's so nice to see that you've started a blog. I look forward to your posts. Thank you for the link too! :)

  4. Hi Patricia, you are a great inspiration. Thanks for all the interesting things you have written, and the beautiful things you create.

  5. hi...

    i found your blog through etsy, beautiful work. it is a shame i had not found it sooner- i am from chicago and could have given you many ideas for a perfect trip.



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