Seashell Process


I want to capture the sound of the sea in this piece called “Lyric.” This is a close-up of a part of the art work + the shell that inspired the stitched painting. I found this shell at Venice Beach, CA, where there were few shells.

The process includes: Drawing an outline of the shell on a batik with an acid-free marker. I quilted using free-motion stitching for the outline and some of the ridges inside the shell. Then I used variegated thread for machine embroidery shading. Hand-dyed pearl cotton embroidery thread was used to accent the ridges further.

A touch of Tsukineko Ink, Champagne Mist, began the painting process. White gesso + a little water was painted on the sides and bottom of the shell. To soften the edges I used Jacquard paints, watered down, in white and indigo to build up thin layers. The layers were painted over some of the hand embroidery thread to bring a unified look.

Beads, some made out of shell, surround the shell at the bottom edges. The smaller shells at the top are scrim and have been painted like watercolors, cut out, quilted and machine embroidered. I used acutual shells as models.

You can see the entire piece at the show “Summertime” at the Bunny Gunner Gallery, 266 W. Second ST., Pomona, CA 91766, Jully 11-Aug. 5, 2009. Reception to celebrate this great gallery’s 2 year anniversary will be Sat, July 11, 6-11pm.


~ by fiberverse on June 24, 2009.

2 Responses to “Seashell Process”

  1. Of course, this one struck a resonant chord! The simplicity is delicious to the eye, Cindy.

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