Friday, January 8, 2010

The late Christmas present, completed

My sister's Christmas present is finished, in all its irregular glory. Learn from my example if you ever do two facing profiles: make sure the eyes are on the same level. She seems to be somewhat taller than him. Here is how this started out. His collar is a little piece of fabric I found on the ground. Her flower is an antique frog from the antiques center (the closure kind of frog, not the amphibian).

Edit: ooh, I'm so excited. I figured out how to fasten it to the wall - glue a tack to the interior side of a snap (use silicon glue, I use the brand E6000), then sew the snap "socket" to the fabric. This is without a doubt the most brilliant thing I have ever done! Okay, maybe somebody thought of this before - please don't tell me.

34 comments:

steve said...

I don't know how you do it - where you find the time and energy to produce so muchquality work! Do you have little art gnomes working for you or something? What a wonderful gift!

Cláudia said...

She is looking to the sky and he is looking to ... her boobs. Feminine and Masculine, abstract and concrete, and so on and so forth.

I was very curious about that present! It is so colorful, so rich, I loved it!

ArtSparker said...

Thanks, Cláudia - it was really poor planning, though.

Totalfeckineejit said...

Wonderful.She'll love it.I like the quirky way their eyes don't meet.I think she's wondering if he has his hat on upside down!

ger said...

This is just splendid...! and, let´s face it, aren´t women somewhat taller, anyways...?!

bindu said...

wow - these are great! I like that they are not looking directly at each other. She has her nose turned up at him. He looks more humble and wanting to please. Perhaps they are still in the courtship phase? What size are the pieces?

Poet in Residence said...

A charming creation.

That's a nice green hat that she has. It does her proud.

Celeste Bergin said...

well, I am not just saying this...I enjoy the asymmetrical sense it has..she is different than he is and there is whimsy that may not be there if eyes were lined up. --sister is lucky to have you for sister! She has to love this.

tony said...

She's A Bonny Lassie!

Sarah said...

They are lovely-sweetly medieval. I like the way they have different views-I would not have known you had not planned it if you hadn't said anything!

subby said...

So she's taller? If your sis doesn't like 'em...these are wonderful!

Jasmine said...

These are amazing Susan. You are a woman of many talents!

Steve said...

Wow. That is absolutely gorgeous! Looks so deliciously tactile...

Charles Gramlich said...

Love the faces.

eyetrouble said...

amazing...very, very cool artwork!

Coffee Messiah said...

Nicely done!

Eva said...

This fixing method IS brilliant! Thank you for showing us.
The present is just great. The whimsical expression of the two! Priceless. She will treasure it, she must!

Titus said...

The Duke and Duchess of Urbino, reversed! Simply stunning, and truly a better New Year gift than Christmas present. Renaissance rules!

Kym said...

That is amazing work! I love the way to you it hook to the wall as well! I have to concur with Claudia's comment...even though they are not looking eye to eye, the way you have it set gives it continual motion with the eye!

Isabel said...

These are just great! I love what your hands kind accomplish with the help of your mind ;)

The Crow said...

Those 'portraits' are great, and what a very clever way to attach them. I've never seen or read of that idea. Kudos for your ingenuity, Susan!

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Deb G said...

You are a genius! It's a wonderful project. :)

Anja said...

Great work. I love it!!!

lettuce said...

i like this, sumptuous and quirky

I didn't know you called fastenings "frogs" - is it a kind of buckle?

and that is an excellent fixing idea for textiles.

Susan at Stony River said...

They're beautiful! And the snap idea is brilliant -- strong but removable, just perfect. Sorry but I have to steal it to use LOL

Coreopsis said...

What a wonderful Christmas present! It's lovely. She'll love hanging it on her wall (I know I would). And yes, about the profiles. I was doing several little drawings like that too, and the two people always ended up being out of proportion with each other.

LOVE STITCHING RED said...

I like your pieces just the way they are with or without irregularities. They are perfect!

Have a great weekend
Carolyn ♥

Mary Jane said...

Your fabric art work gift is wonderful. Your sister is so lucky. The higher face makes her seem a little bit uppity to the suitor on the other side. It gives her a whimsical sense of power over the fellow. I think it is absolutely delightful. And the tack idea is brilliant. Agreed.
You could sew those little picture frame jaggy edge bars into the back and hang them from a screw or nails in the wall or picture hooks. And then there is velcro. But you don't want to know. A tack is brilliant and quite perfect.

jude said...

charmed!

aleph said...

It´s so beautiful, Susan!

ma grande folle de soeur said...

Simply magnificent! Thanks Susan ;)

Tomás Serrano said...

This is a master piece!!!

justdoodleit said...

Exquisite!

Eric Barclay said...

Really amazing work. Your sister must be thrilled.