BUTTONS AND BEADS
THE JEWELER'S PINS
STAINLESS STEEL BOX
Mary Preston skillfully combines buttons and tiny beads. The various beads are threaded through the button eyes to secure the button to the box and form the design element. You can find a treasury of embellishments in any bead and fabric shop. Find buttons that reflect the fabric pattern and color. Here's a tip, to ease the thread through stiffened fabric, wax your thread. Mary Preston is a fibre artist, internationally known for her wall pieces, artwear, and animal forms.
Virginia uses her jewelry to embellish boxes. The techniques used most extensively include fusion of metals on copper, silver and gold through heat patination. Virginia is widely known as an instructor and for her unique approaches to jewelry. The work reflects her interest in artifacts and organic forms. Influenced by Asian art, her pins are the perfect reflection of the origami boxes.
Virginia Causey is an instructor, exhibitor and working jeweler. She has exhibited extensively, including the Smithsonian.
Lynn DiNino, sculptor. The name is synonymous with visual wit and comic creatures. Here she demonstrates the power of her imagery with the simplest of materials. Cork, corrugated paper, pieces of wood and torn paper applied to two square boxes.
Prominent Northwest sculptor, widely exhibited in the US and Japan.
This box is folded with stainless steel cloth. Glenda developed FabricOrigami and currently teaches workshops in the Pacific Northwest. She comes from a background in illustration, graphic design, ceramics, mixed media sculpture and web design.
Glenda Scott has won numerous awards and a fellowship in sculpture.
Machine Embroidery: Clara Haight has presented us with a stunning example of what can be done by an artisan with machine embroidery. Her creativity produces a wealth of unique designs. As an instructor she shares with us her steps for success. We are most fortunate to have her contribution.
Using Gold Leaf The application of gold leaf to fabric is a unique way to accent origami. Craft and art supply stores sell inexpensive packets containing several sheets of leaf. It comes in a variety of metallic colors. Always handle gold leaf with the separation paper for support. For this project I use a soft cosmetic rouge brush and a can of all purpose spray adhesive.
artist: Jill Shear, Stamparadise
Stamping Fabric: If you want your pattern in just the right place, use stamps to embellish your box. A wide variety of stamps are available at your local craft and stationary stores. I use a liquid fabric paint to stamp the fabric. You can place your stamp before or after stiffening. This technique opens a broad range of opportunities for exploration. You can use metallic powders, photo image transfers, stencils, foam block printing and free hand painting. Try an all-over pattern to give the fabric a two sided appearance.
Laminating fabrics: will enhance your design, allowing you to select contrasting colors or complementary patterns. This technique offers support for larger items. Keep your selected fabrics similar in weight and weave for effective laminating.
Another approach is to cut around a stiffened textile pattern, such as a flower. Then laminate or applique the pattern to the already stiffened fabric. After stiffening, you can cut, fold, punch holes, thread with ribbons, write on, stamp and mail just like paper.
Using metal wire cloth: Utmost caution should be used when working with fine metal mesh. Once this mesh is cut, the edges are razor sharp. The key to handling mesh is to turn a 1/16 inch hem on all four sides before using. Wire cloth will have different characteristics depending on the choice of metal and wire gauge. Tip: be sure you work out all the details with a paper model first.
Laminating with Rice Paper: This is one of the easiest and most effective techniques for producing fabric with two sides. Rice paper can usually be found in a craft store and stores selling art supplies. There are also several sources online which sell these papers. They come in many patterns. Try to select a pattern appropriately scaled to the folded item. Lamination can be used to apply rice paper and applique textile designs. Try laminating lace to a solid fabric and then fold. Experiment with some scraps of fabric. Let resourcefulness be your guide.