Sunday, July 3, 2016

one "making a idea visible" project and Haleiwa Arts Festival 2016


This is what i started with recently ,
some strips of fabric remaining from previous painting sessions and projects.
I layer them to resemble a land/ocean/sky scape i have viewed and painted often.
This a one way i start my studio sessions, to warm up my engine of imagination
 and to loosen up my creative muscles.

Next i pinned the fabric strips to a background and stitched them down,
rough edges  using zig zag and straight stitches. i used a bunch of different color  variegated threads that each color change informed me.
This composition might become a postcard or part of a journal cover or the beginning  centerpiece of a bag or purse, or perhaps a case for keeping something, like glasses, business cards safe.  
and like the sunsets which changes constantly, none of these small works are the same.
Well, i made a journal cover from this composition. for a small marble journal.
 These are, of course, refillable when notebook or composition books are full of words or sketches,




It's that time of year for the Hale'iwa Arts Festival once again. Each year i  have new work to show in the fabric arts and because i am an imaginer, i  sometime work in a series.One piece will have some of the essence of some idea seeds  and it builds on what came before,  in  the next step or problem i set up and how i solve it that time. i  came across a sentence  recently that said something like 
" art is that thing you cannot describe being the most important." now that is a sentence  to pondering while i "unsew" a section of  a quilted bag  where i went off the road...

I work with cloth, and paint, and stitch and imagination with intuition to  make  that which comes from the imagining of the maker, me .it is a form of connecting, expressing some thing the maker feels and then attempts to translates it to a physical form or piece that  others can see. Perhaps that is a dialogue without words.

 With only  12 /days left for preparation for
 Haleiwa ARTS Festival,
 i am attempting to finish  up some of my start ups to take to the show
 July 16 and 17th at Haleiwa Beach park. 10Am -6pm Sat. 10 to 5 Sun.  I am in  booth #113
near the front of the show, near info and water and first aid booths,
 same area as the last umpteen years.  

Veteran War Memorial fronting Hale'iwa Beach Park.

Have a great weekend and fourth of July!!

be well, Sonja




5 comments:

LA Paylor said...

oh! the color and texture are marvelous Sonja. I want to read about your process again but wanted to give you applause first! Wish I was there...
LeeAnna

sonja said...

Thanks LeeAnna. i just had a birthday so i am enjoying that i am slower than ever at the making. Enjoying the journey i'd say!

sonja said...

Thank you to all new and returning folks that stopped under my tent to see, to say hello, to shop, to "talk story" and purchase and carry home my small art in the little hand painted bags i made before the show for you! Mahalo to all for sharing this last weekends "Bright Moments" under the warm and wonderful Hawaiian sun! Aloha,Sonja

hannah jane said...

What a happy and beautiful piece! I love how you laid out the pieces prior to stitching them together. It really shows how the stitching brought unity to the piece.

sonja said...


hannah jane, mahalo for your kind comment on my latest strata piece!