Faultlines Finally Finished!

How’s that for alliteration? But the statement is true and I’m very happy to be done. I really like the way it turned out and I’m moving on to the next one.

Faultlines 16 x 20

More info and details are here, and here, and here.

I took this next picture just because it was the last sewing step on this project and I was so happy to finally get to this point! Doesn’t the close up make the pins look like nails? I know it was heavy, but it really was not two ton boulders that I had to lift with a crane.

There is always a little let down when one piece is finished, but I have so many other ideas, my let downs only last a few moments! Now, let’s see what’s next…I don’t believe it will be the hand dyed fabric I showed you the other day. That needs some more contemplation, and your suggestions sure gave me a lot to contemplate!

Mondays seem to be good days for me to either start or finish a project. This week it’s start and I’m excited…

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22 thoughts on “Faultlines Finally Finished!

  1. Really amazing!!! What fun it must have been! I agree with Mindy that the orange could be extended at the bottom to carry the eye……wonder if you could weave some threads or silk ribbon under the square “pillow” beads in a peachy/orange color? Not as vivid as the middle orange, just enough to let the eye wander down and then back?
    janice/Houston

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    • Good idea! I have some silk fragments in those shades. I should be able to find something to do the job! That’s exactl what it needs though–a bit more orange, for a little more brightness. I knew bright gold or glittery beads weren’t the answer, so thanks a bunch! I’ll get to that first thing in the morning.

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  2. I really like the double line (couched) border. I may try that on my work. The color of your piece makes me think of shifting and the earth. Nice beadwork too and I like the use of large and small beads. They feel like they belong. My first reactions is that my eye is drawn from the top with the beads along the orange-ish fabric into the orange piece that moves from my right to left and then sort of hangs or trails off with the orange-ish seed beads. I think if you could incorporate more of that color back toward the bottom center it would lead your eye around the whole piece. Maybe if there were more of that color near the black fault line lower center it would have kept my attention instead of leading me off. However – If I could look closer (which is a limit of the picture) I might change my mind. I love beads and they make you want to look up close and I do love your selection of beads!

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    • I think you are so right. I could use more orange color to draw the eye back through the bottom of the piece. I’ll try to figure out a way to do something without taking it all apart! If I can’t, it will just have to go wanting! And I definitely wanted to give the feel of the shifting earth, so I’m happy that you felt that. Thanks.

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  3. i like your piece!!! There is a lot going on in it,,,that caused my eye a bit of confusion at first….the only “focal point” I see is in the upper right corner…my eye wants to go there,,, probably due to the lighter & very dark nature of the fabrics in that area. The black lines, or fault lines, do make the eye look around the piece, which is a good thing! 🙂

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    • I guess the highest contrast area IS the focal point on this one. The confusion factor is pretty high with all the different types of beads, and the black fault lines are my effort to contain that a bit. Thanks for taking time to look and comment.

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  4. I like it! I don’t think a piece “needs” to have a real focal point–mine rarely do. But this has a good balance and symmetry with nice contrast throughout. You should be very happy with it!

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    • When I look at it with my heart, I really, really love it. When I look at it with my critical eye, it’s a bit ‘muddy’ and takes some time to figure out. Of course, with abstracts there is not always something TO figure out!

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  5. Overall I really like the piece, But I initial reaction was confusion and that is enhance by the black lines that keep leading out of the piece. I love the yellow and orange that leads your eye through the piece but that is not what I see first. Still magnificent work.
    Ann in Virginia

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    • I guess I thought of the black lines as containing the mass of beads and not continually leading the eye out of the piece. Maybe should have stopped all the lines at the black border but I just couldn’t give up that raw edge!

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  6. I think there is a focal point in the upper right, where the light and very dark fabrics call the eye. You’re right that the many lines do lead the eye all over, and even outside the piece, but that fits with your theme, doesn’t it? You can’t rein in a fault line. Very pleasing piece.

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  7. Wonderful! Looks way different than when you started-I’m amazed at the direction you take on different pieces. This one I love-your eye just keeps going back for more detail.

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    • My eye keeps going back for more detail and I’m the one who put the stuff on it. When I stand back there are different combinations that attract my attention that I did not notice as I beaded. This one makes me very happy! Thanks.

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  8. Very nice, indeed. Always fun to reach the end. Like the layout and composition. So many elements, but it works because the faultlines connect them and bring unity. I am starting a project with cloth, paper, metal and stitching. Going to be doing some hand dyed paper. Anxious to see what you do next.

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    • I’ve never worked with metal before and my only paper has been painting watercolor, so I’d love it if you have a chance to post to some process info. My next project is currently scheduled for NO beads…we’ll see! Hope to have something to post by tomorrow.

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