Patti Edmon Altered Attic: January 2011

Sunday, January 30, 2011


My husband, Jim, has been very busy in the studio. Today I finally got to see his latest, just-finished piece (not yet titled) and I'm absolutely in love with it! He manages to incorporate multiple processes and materials and such detail yet it's cohesive and, well, magnificent.

A lifelong artist and illustrator, Jim doesn't get to spend a great deal of time in the studio - he's fairly consumed with the graphic design and advertising business.
Over the past 25 years, though, I've observed the way he creates - a series of pieces followed by a seemingly 'dormant' period when his creative muse is actually evolving wildly. So, when the opportunity presents itself, he uses a new trick or two and turns out a piece of work that leaves me totally awestruck.

I have spent all my studio time working on my altered fabric book, which is quite a process. Preparing 3 sets of 5 page signatures is a bit time consuming, though extremely liberating. It's a kind of artistic freedom that I so needed, sorta like getting out of my own way. I hope I can apply to every project. Now if my sewing machine will just cooperate!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

A Learning I Will Go...

Nothing like learning and exploration to get the creative juices flowing... and now is a good time to step outside the comfort-zone box that was becoming more like quicksand. I can't wait to start the "Altered Fabric Book" online workshop that I'm signed up for - through Creative Workshops.

I wasn't familiar with Nellie Wortman's work but for quite some time I've wanted to use more layers of lace, fabrics and vintage photos - and add book-making to my repertoire. One look at her blog -
Early Morning Thoughts - and I was hooked.

A few years before we were married, Jim gave me a sewing machine for Christmas. I was a bit puzzled; though my mother is a lifelong, expert seamstress, I hadn't done any sewing aside from the very... creative skirt I made in high school home ec class. I learned the basics and used my new toy to make place mats, attaching hand-stitched quilt squares to a backing. I finished three. The remnants of the fourth are tucked away in a basket.

Jim retrieved the boxed-up sewing machine from the basement this morning so I plan to dig up the old quilt scraps for this book class. The idea of mastering the machine is a bit daunting, but a glance at the side-view of one of the many glorious book Nellie made is compelling enough!

There's still time to sign up, so check out the fabulous offerings at Creative Workshops!


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