Thursday, May 31, 2012

Monday, May 28, 2012

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Two More Today - May 26th 2012

May 26th, 2012: Deconstructed 1950s Livingroom
May 26th, 2012: No. 2

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Saturday, May 19, 2012

One (or Two) a Day - May 19th, 2012

May 19th, 2012: No. 1
May 19th, 2012: No. 2

Prayer Flag: Forgive

"Forgive" is something I have a hard time with, whether it's forgiving others or myself.

So I thought a "forgive" prayer flag might be a good place to start. Like I said in an earlier post, it helps to manifest a concept into physical form.

I did some research on the Web, and discovered that forgiveness is associated with the color orange, and with white tulips.

The background is a piece of canvas that has been monoprinted and stenciled with varying shades of orange, including glow-in-the-dark orange!

The lettering is stamped onto canvas, filled in with a Sharpie, then stitched onto the background.

The tulips and leaves are made of fabric paper that has been stitched onto the background and varnished. Learn more about fabric paper at the Cloth Paper Scissors Web site.

One a Day - May 18th, 2012

May 18th, 2012

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

One a Day - May 15th & 16th, 2012

May 15th, 2012
May 16th, 2012

Prayer Flag: Grace

I originally named Anna after my first American Grandmother, Hannah Larrison. Hannah was also the name of my maternal great-great grandmother. Beyond that, I didn't think about the meaning and history of the name.

Fast forward several years, and I'm married, on the East Coast, and I'm consciously seeking "grace" in my life. I was at the computer and putting in "grace" as a search term in a dictionary, looking for an idea or a symbol to connect to the concept.

Anna, who was about four and was hanging out with her step-dad, bounded into the room with a comment or question. I don't remember the specifics.

What I do remember is that, after she bounded on out of the room, I typed her name into the computer.

The meaning of the name Anna?  Grandmother of God, Grace.

For this flag, I was drawn to vintage lace in its various shades of white. I layered fabric swatches and lace up the length of the flag. At the top, I placed the focal point of a fabric statement necklace I had made from white fabric scraps, faux pearls, and rhinestone with a fabric flower in the center. I stamped "grace" onto a scrap of canvas and placed it at the top.

Prayer Flags for My Daughter

Baby Girl Tedrow
I first came across prayer flags in Karen Michel's Flickr photo stream in 2009, and made a note to consider them. I view my daily art to be a form of prayer, and I knew I'd want to try this. The concept went onto the back burner to simmer.

In the meantime, I read about traditional Tibetan prayer flags, and love the idea of prayer and intent made tangible.

Fast forward to early 2012 and the March/April issue of Cloth Paper Scissors. One the cover - prayer flags, and inside, an article by Jane Lafazio about the Prayer Flag Project. That article was enough to prompt and inspire me. I started with a series of prayer flags for my daughter, Anna Rose.

When Anna Rose was born in 1988, I was sent home with a quilted cloth bag full of products. I used it as a "diaper bag" for some time.  Of course I've kept it all these years.

So when I decided to create a series of prayer flags for her, that bag was a perfect place to start.

The base of the flag is unprimed canvas. Over that, a flap of the bag material. At the top, contrasting material from the same bag and three pink fabric roses.

Under the flap, written onto the canvas with Sharpies, are the silent ongoing prayers for our daughters that hum in the background....grace, love, protection, joy, fun...the prayers which serve as topics for the next flags in the series.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

The Collage Workbook

Yaaaay! It's on the way! I've been waiting for the release of this book since October.