Experimenting

A large specimen!

A large specimen!

I have long admired the free-style embroidery people are doing with their sewing machines and I've been wanting to try it.  Then the MiMBY Husband came home with some lovely scraps of MacKenzie-Childs fabrics and I thought "butterfly."  Of course, THAT was several months ago. 

Then I was wondering around that Place of Lost Hours and found people making really cool fabric bugs.  That was a few months later. 

 

Irohandbags    

Irohandbags  

 

How stunning is that??  From Iro Fiber Art.   Then, there is this Mr. Finch dude from the UK.

Mr. Finch

Mr. Finch

He likes moths.  And fungus.  I like moths and fungus, but I never thought about actually making some.  

Now that I've reexamined these influential creators, I'm feeling like my butterfly is a little ho-hum.  I tried not to look too closely at what they were doing, and isn't that in evidence.  I wanted my butterfly to be my own creation, and that it is in it's very flat two dimensional state.  I did enjoy needle felting the body and I can see all kinds of fun to be had in that regard.

But study those influences closely - there is painting going on!  Drawing with thread!  Sculpting!  I am in awe.  I am going to try to copy.  I am going to hang my butterfly in the MiMBY Girl's room because she loves it, and I am going to do what art students have done for generations and copy the masters.  And then I'll make some more bags because I'm actually good at that.