Welcome! I was just talking Tuesday with a woman who is an avid quilter. Her designs are stunning, and yes; she actually paints on her fabric when she needs a subtle gradation in color in a small area, or a tiny detail, or some other such thing. She also does a technique called “thread painting” which is kind of amazing. Until then, I’d never heard of such a thing; the art of taking thread with small gradations in color and basically doing a satin stitch. On a sewing machine. To make figures. That are recognizable. Smallish ones. Yeah, that. You’d have to see it to believe it. And, that’s just one of the amazing techniques she shared. Quilting is not your grandmother’s patchwork anymore!
And, there’s this electrician near me. For a long time, I just thought of him as that guy that installed ceiling fans and wired home modifications. Little did I know. He actually takes those left over bits, ends of wires and such, and strips off their coatings and creates entire landscapes with nothing more than his electrician’s tools and a bit of solder. These are not amateur little stick figure landscapes, either. Each shape is well thought out and executed. Well enough that he could, by rights, sell them to people like model railroaders or miniature collectors. But, alas, it is purely a pleasure to him and, he says, if it became a business he might lose the joy in doing it. So, don’t look for them at your local craft fair any time soon.
Here’s another. Have you ever seen a Ukrainian or Russian Easter egg? I’ve not only seen them, but have actually seen them being made. The technique is called pysanky or pysanka and involves blown eggs, a stylus of hot wax, and multiple pots of brightly colored dyes. If you want to learn how to do it, there are complete tutorials on the web but let it suffice to say that it takes a very steady hand, more patience than I will ever own, and a good memory (traditional eggs have symbols which have very specific meanings which have been used by artists for multiple generations). The eggs are gorgeous.
Do you know of, or do, a nifty form of art? Mention it in the comments, and we might write about it in a future entry!