I think I am going to make a scroll/book out of the 2 spindles. Am still thinking on a piece to commemorate his Granny. Meanwhile another Gallery 96 friend didn't have buttons but gave me a bunch of bone beads from Kenya. He use to teach medicine in Nairobi for several years
How lucky am I ?
Meanwhile I am also involved in a surface design fabric swap. this is the first month of it and I have received these one so far. Top to bottom; reverse stencil print, rust dying and snow dying.
Meanwhile , my own work continues and as usuall I have a couple of things on the go. Here is some more embroidery for the "boro" jacket project. I've given myself a deadline of the 2nd week in March. When, hopefully the weather starts to change into something warmer.
I have also started building to figurative bases for some felting. One is a 1/2 torso for the moss, ferns and toadstools of the forest. The full torso is for another coral reef. Here is how far I've gotten so far. the first one is cast from my old judy....when I used to be that slim (40 yrs ago). the second one is cast on the body of an actress/dancer that I know. Probably the only one willing to pose nude and get covered in coopy plaster.
Adding the head
6 layers of heavy brown paper
Adding pumice gel and beads for texture
Front view, first coat of laytex and aersol stone paint
Final coat of paint and the beginning of felting next week.