Thursday, January 31, 2008

January TIF - Passion and Grace

In admiration of all women
who live a life filled
with passion and grace.

It's finally finished! The front at least - I am planning on making a backing but didn't have time to get that done. I'll finish it up tomorrow. But it is still January here in Montana, although the February challenge is already been posted (more on that later). You can see most of my processes on previous posts. I hand stitched the celtic knots and machine stitched the central copper motif to the felted background. I did use heat, black acrylic paint and cranberry alcohol ink on the copper.


This is a closeup of the central copper piece. But you can't see much of the distressing somehow. It disappeared in the shine of the metal. It shows better above. The triple spiral stands for female power through transition and growth and the celtic knots stand for the never ending cycle of life.

This lower portion is meant to show the chaos of what life is really like with hanging threads and distorted knots. As you move up the piece, the chaos is made more orderly by the passionate woman who is determined to continue to strive towards perfection.

11 comments:

Annica said...

Well done! This piece is beautiful. I love how the knots evolve towards perfection.

kay susan said...

Beautiful and evocative piece. I too like the way you graduated the knots.

neki desu said...

however, the passionate woman in her evolution towards perfection is aware that she is only human. The borders attest to that and give the work some sort of sweetness(methinks)
Love the way you brought together this piece!

neki desu

Purple Missus said...

This piece has turned out beautifully Ruth. Fabulous.
No way have I got the expertise with words that Neki has, but I so agree with what she says.

Vicki W said...

Oh wow! It's lovely!

MargB said...

Truly beautiful

Meg in Albuquerque said...

I've been following you progress this month and you piece has turned out beautiful.

MargaretR said...

That is a wonderfully thought out and worked piece Ruth. I love the way you have those little hanging cords and the straggly knots at the bottom then evolving to perfection at the top.

Nikki said...

I love the dedication. Grace and passion is definetly something to strive for. I love the hot pink and the copper center piece.

Barbara Hagerty said...

This is fabulous! Your work is just as beautiful in thought as it is in exectuion! I love your January piece!

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