Fusing Plastic

by Orkaloca aprile 13 creazioni

Nowadays plastic is everywhere and when a material is largely and easily available is just matter of time that it will be used for crafty and artistic purposes.
Plastic can be found in sheets or rolls, appositely made for crafters, but if we look around us we can find a lot of plastic items suitable for artistic purposes.

Plastic can be:
- Cut with common scissors or a cutter
- Painted and printed with alcohol inks
- Sewn
But overall plastic can be heat treated to be molded, fused, bonded and to create beds and embellishments.
And since every kind of plastic fuse in its own way, with its own texture, an artist can mix different plastic types to make interesting layered, highly textured works.

Since I've never thought about using plastic before, I've decided to give it a try to make another sample for the module I was working on of the Quilt Judging Course.

And this is the finished small sample.

To make this small sample I’ve had to try how different kinds of plastic behave when heated with the iron and the heat gun.
I’ve found that different plastics reacts in a different way (some shrink more, other melts in a second) and that the same plastic behave differently if heated with the iron or the heat gun.
So I’ve tested black garbage bags, white and violet grocery bags and dog poop bags.

I've found that:
Garbage bags: this plastic shrink as soon as the iron touch it but when heated with the heat gun it makes very interesting ripples. If heated more it melts then it harden and becomes more thick and makes holes.
Grocery bags: this plastic shrink slower and less than the garbage bag and doesn’t melt.
Poop bags: they are made of a thin plastic that shrink and melts in a second if heated with the iron but if heated with the heat gun reacts very well with a controllable shrinkage.

I've also tried to make some plastic beads and I've added them to my sample.

After this experience I can say that ... I love to melt plastic and polyester fabrics! It's fun and aalso if you never know what you will end up with, it gives a sense of control on the process... then plastic does what it wants haha!


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Pannellino in cuoio e metallo

by Orkaloca aprile 11 creazioni

Questo è un campioncino che ho fatto per il Quilt Judging Course Che sto frequentando. Poichè mi era richiesto di studiare e metter mano su un materiale per me nuovo, ho scelto il cuoio, complice il fatto che avevo lì un po' di ritagli in attesa di destinazione.

Come prima cosa ho tagliato lo strato giallo e l'ho inciso per creare i dettagli 3D, quindi ho aggiunto il cuoio rosso che attraversa lo strato giallo formando due nastri sul fronte ed infine ho aggiunto dietro tutto lo strato blu.
Ho cucito gli strati tra loro con una normale macchina per cucire con ago standard (90).

Ho aggiunto qualche cucitura decorativa per evidenziare i detagli e ho colorato di rosso il retro del cuoio giallo ove visibile. Per colorare il cuoio ho usato i pennarelli Pantone (a base d'alcool)

Infine per aggiungere qualche punto d'interesse ho goffrato un lamierino di rame e ne ho tagliati 3 quadrati che ho attaccato al cuoio con la colla a caldo.


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Primavera?

by Orkaloca marzo 20 creazioni * tutorial

L'altroieri neve... ieri sole e caldo... oggi pioggia e freddo...
Arriverà la primavera?

Io intanto la chiamo con questa coroncina fuoriporta.

Se la volete fare anche voi i passi sono semplici:

1- prendere una base di polistirolo per corona e rivestirla di stoffa verde
2- prendere del feltro in colori vari e ritagliare fiori e foglie. Se come me avete una BigShot e fustelle adeguate potete facilitarvi il lavoro, altrimenti dovrete armarvi di forbici e pazienza
3- con la santa colla a caldo incollate prima le foglie e poi tra di loro i fiori, sovrapponendo fiori grandi e piccoli, creando un insieme movimentato ma armonioso.
4- se avete delle mezze sferette di plastica o delle perline potete usarle come centro dei fiori. Se avete coccinelle di legno usate anche quelle.
5- prendete un pezzo di nastro verde, piegatelo in due e incollatelo sul retro della corona in modo che formi un anello (che servirà come appendino
6- tagliate dal feltro un rametto e un uccellino e incollateli sulle code del nastro.
7- rifinite il margine del nastro con un taglio diagonale o a V

Appendere e fotografare :)


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Per floriana

by Orkaloca ottobre 17

per vedere le immagini ingrandite cliccaci sopra


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Reviewing my past work

by Orkaloca settembre 27 art

What can an artist learn by looking at past works? We struggle to find our voice but what if we have a voice that wispers and we don't hear it?
May be a look at the past works can help.

So today I've made a nice thing, I've printed my past original quilts, some more artistic other less, I've cut them and placed on the floor. I've obtained a small quilt collection. (click on pic to enlarge)

This is a mix of totally free quilts and quilts for shows or challenges with specific rules so for some of them I've had to adapt my ideas.

Looking at this photo I see the confirmation of what I already knew: I LOVE circles and spirals. Whenever I can I make a circle quilt, wherever I can I pur circles, rings, mandalas and spyrals. Not always in the main design, sometimes only in the quilting motif.

In the above photo there are 43 quilts and only 9 of them doesn't have some sort of circles or spyrals, and all the 9 were quilts with some restriction due to the challenge or entry form rules.

Looking at my past works I can see that also if violet and purple are my favourite colours, are not the most used. It seems that blue/green are predominant.
And also if I'm happy when I use warm colours, the predominance is of cool colours.
Another thing about colours: I LOVE bright colours with black background or frame.

About techniques I see how I moved from classic applique techniques to dyed, marbled or painted wholeclothes.

About meanings, I use to make not too much complex quilts but to me it's important that a quilt has a deep meaning, may be also a multi-layered meaning.
I'm not too much pictorial, I prefer abstractions and "not too real" style, like fragmented, cubist and snippet.
On the other side in the 2 quilts with naked bodyes and the one with chrocus and chanterelles I've looked to reach a really realistic effect.

Of the above quilts there's one I don't like, the purple one with the hands on top center. I've put toghether lot of things I like but the results make me think "what the hell I was thinking about?"

In my past production  there are small series, like the 2 white/green circles (serie about abuse of man on nature), the 2 black/white circles (titled Adamo and Eva, more a diptych than a serie, a reflection about masculine and feminine being) and the 3 black-framed circles (a serie about the colours of my moods related with a mandala an animal and a goddess).

Then there are the two quilts with the naked man and woman. They are different in shape and construction but they are similar in technique and both their meaning is about the human nature (the man is a representation of pride sin, the woman is a representation of the illusions and fears that have influence on a person's life).

Another diptych is the one made by 2 small quilts with black background and galaxy+comet or egg+sperm cells. These two pieces are based on two Haiku I wrote about "beginnings" (in the photo on right-center)

The most long serie I've made is made of 6 small framed quilts in green/blue with applied shells (in the photo on top left), I made this just for fun.

SOOOOO.....
It seems that I'm sort of DiptychQueen :p
May I take one of my small series and make it grow?
Should I make one serie grow?
Do I WANT to use one of these series as starting point?

AAAARGHHH I DON'T KNOW!

Or to better say, yes I know :p
The answer is NO!

I'm happy with my short series, I feel that they are complete con couples, the only one I've ever thought to add some more elements are the naked bodies quilts.
But the naked bodies needs a great and hard conceptual work and I don't think I want to make a so hard work for the "work in series" course. I want to save my energies to understand and study the concepts behind the course, don't use them to design a new conceptual, deep meaning, quilt.

I think I'll try something totally new this time, just for the course. :)
Ok but... what? Let's think about it :)


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Work in series: quando gli artisti lavorano alle serie

by Orkaloca settembre 27 art

Tanto perchè non avevo gia abbastanza carne al fuoco, mi son iscritta ad un breve corso online della QuiltUniversity XD
Il corso è "Work in Series" tenuto da Elizabeth Barton, una vera quilt star ^_^

Durante il corso Elizabeth insegna come e perchè lavorare in serie e come questo può aiutare un artista, ma prima di tutto ha chiesto di guardarci attorno per trovare esempi di serie artistiche.

Pensando ai pittori i miei preferiti sono Dalì and Magritte, per altro loro han spesso lavorato in serie.

Dalì ha fatto una serie di dipinti sul concetto della metamorfosi, ad esempio "la metamorfosi di narciso" e "cigni che riflettono elefanti". In questi quadri il soggetto si riflette in un lago ed il riflesso prende a sua volta vita propria divenendo altro.

Inoltre in questi dipinti si trovano temi che Dalì mette in altri dipinti come gli elefanti e le uova.

Altro tema ricorrente di Dalì sono gli orologi molli che ritrae non solo nei quadri ma anche in litografie e sculture.

In Magritte le serie si basano sopratutto sull'uso degli uomini in bombetta, delle colombe e dei cieli con le nuvole.

Parlando di quilter alcune artiste lavorano per serie, altri no. Una delle serie più belle ed affascinanti che conosco è quella dedicata alle foglie di  Elaine Quehl ma mi piacciono un sacco anche i lavori di Arlee Barr in cui parte del leone la fanno dettagli anatomici, organi e ossa.

Ovviamente ogni tipo di arte si presta alla produzione di serie artistiche.
Ad esempio l'artista Paola Pivi ha fatto una serie composta di foto di sederi nudi con piccole seggiole 

Ma ricordiamo anche le uova di faberge, le sculture iper-realistiche e giganti di Sam Jinks o gli scoiattoli tassidermizzati di Edward Hart

Osservando queste ed altre serie artistiche mi sembra che una serie possa nascere dall'uso della stessa tecnica, dalla ripetizione di un certo soggetto o dall'approfondimento di una certa tematica. Mi sembra però che la ripetizione di un certo soggetto sia il modo più facile e diffuso di fare serie. Questo permette di fare pezzi che chiaramente si richiamano l'un l'altro.
Fare invece più lavori riguardanti un concetto astratto è più difficile e porta ad avere lavori anche molto differenti tra loro ma che "si parlano", cosa che da unità e coerenza alla serie stessa.


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Sketchbook 04

by Orkaloca settembre 20 ispirazioni

I'm going on with my sketches, when I can't go autside also the fat cat is inspirational.


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Waves

by Orkaloca settembre 18 art * creazioni * Art Quilt

I decided to give triptych a try
I went in a craft shop to buy some frames for my quilts, and I found these small, 5inches side, frames. I immediately thought that one was insignificant, but what about a group? So I took three black and three red frames and I decided to make two triptychs.

I have developed a design that would give the idea of ​​flowing between the three frames, but that would be complete and balanced in every single frame.
Then I made the two triptychs, the same design different color choice.
The quilts are composed of hundreds of strips of fabric on a fusible web base, then I added batting and backing and I quilted and mounted them in frames.

Here is the first triptych: Blue Wave

 

And the second one: Red Wave

Like almost all my quilts these triptychs are avalaible for sell... xmas is coming ^_*
Contact me if interested ^_^ 


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September 11

by Orkaloca settembre 11 art

This post is part of the Off The Wall Friday of Nina-Marie

Today is a day of thoughts and memories.

11 years ago my best friend made coming.out with me. I was so happy!
I came back home, I put the water on the fire to make a tea and I switched on my TV.
The towers were everywhere.
I called back my friend "watch the TV!" and we stayed at the phone, in silence, looking at those scenes.

Few months after the towers, on April 2002, a small plane hit the Pirelli Tower in Milan... My Milan.
The only thought of everybody was "now it's our turn".
That day I was in Ancona, walking down the center with a friend.
I went in a cafe and looked ant those images in the TV with a shiver down my spine.

September 11 changed so much things also for non American people.

Today is a memorial day.
I remember it in my way.


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Sketchbook 03

by Orkaloca settembre 9 ispirazioni

Schizzo del giorno, le campane osservate dalla piazza sotto il campanile


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