“I am interested in fooling the eye employing both, trompe l’ioels and actual depth.” - the artist
I never thought about turning 65, and all that would entail. As years of welding, grinding, the heavy lifting of sculpture, and shoulder surgeries gradually caught up with me; I began to think of other materials, materials that would extend my art-making another 25-30 years.
Long ago I was a kite maker, I created them using traditional quilt patterns, sewing them out of rip-stop nylon; flying, and exhibiting them all over the world. Therefore, I had spent an inordinate amount of time on a sewing machine.
Fabric seemed a logical material to return to. Transitioning from welder to fabric artist I have become conscious of how often I still think about how light falls across a plane, I have used gradation in other fabric pieces to create depth, but in this series, I am interested in fooling the eye employing both, trompe l’ioels and actual depth.
Trained primarily as a sculptor I am always aware of how light falls across a surface. This series traces my experimentation with Tread Painting, from creating the illusion of 3-D to creating pieces that are actually 3-D.
This work was made on 3 stationary Bernina sewing machines using (+or-) 56 miles of Gutermann thread; hours of pod cast, book tapes, and online courses, something impossible when welding and grinding steel. From ear plugs to ear buds, not a bad trade.
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