Friday, July 9, 2010

If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.

" If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced."
                                                  Vincent Van Gogh
I hear the voice inside my head encouraging me to create something everyday. Mostly I see visions of what the finished product should be. Then the hard work begins; to overcome the obstacles, learn new skills and make many mistakes ( I mean samples) until I get as close to the creative inspiration that is within my ability at this time.  

Impact Women's Artist Gallery of Buffalo NY, with special thanks to Susan Marie Borden, put out a call for creative inspirations from female artists who work with some form of fiber as their medium.

  Fiber has been used throughout history as a means of creative expression for women. Women in every culture of the world have sewn clothing for their family, creative constructing and creative embellishment have been a natural outgrowth of this experience. Much of the social- cultural history of women is written in needlework, rugs, knitting and crochet in any society. Fiber art is the perfect medium of female creative expression.

 CT ARTISTS GALLERY   presents   Fibre Arts Initiative 2010
July 14th – August 14th
Reception: Friday , July 16, 2010 5-9pm     Saturday, July 17th, 2010 12-4pm   
   Impact Gallery open
Wednesday-Friday 11am -4pm 
Saturdays (special early) 11am-4pm
Post-Workshop Show’nTell Gathering July 24th 2-4pm
Two garments from my Ultra Feminine Warrior collection 2010 as seen on Runway 3.0 Fashion Show.  also two Statements Necklace available on our
                           Kara and I will be in Quebec next week during the set up.  
             Susan, who curated this show, was kind enough to meet so I could set up my work early. 

           Each artist is allowed to bring eight pieces of work that will fit into six feet of wall space

Paper Rose 2009 - medium; handmade abac paper & natural elements sewn onto canvas. 
                                     I love the textures and quiet richness of this triptych.

Better with Experience 2009 -  made of steel wire, paper pulp and rust.  
The seven layers are nesting to form a floral like element.  The rust, a metaphor for a woman growing older and better with experience, provides aging and interest to the art object.

Here is a small selection of my Devore- burnout velvet- composite silk/rayon velvet.
Devoré, from the French word for devour, occurs when sodium bi sulphate is applied to the cloth, dried, then heated. The heat process causes the sodium bi sulphate to eat away at the fabric, leaving the treated area transparent.
Devore is a process that has been used in the fashion industry for many years. Originally it was known as "poor man's lace" and was called "broderie chimique" in Europe because it was used to simulate magazine embroidery. The main use of devore has been on cut velvet fabric with a pile of viscose or rayon on a silk warp/backing.

to see more ricerafferty devore images!/album.php?aid=162016&id=203899441756

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