Sunday, September 12, 2010

Eight-Year-Olds, Dude.

Holy smokes, 3 posts in one day!  Can you believe it?  Yep, you are that special.

Remember those errands I mentioned on Thursday?  One has been a long time coming.

That's right!  I finally finished The Jesus!!!  Took long enough, huh?  Poor Shannon had to wait forever for him.  I'll be honest, I set him down quite a few times.  Ready to give up and completely start over.  Unsure of my choices and a wee bit over the purple, after having it in several of my recent projects.  But I kept on truckin' and he's finally done.  He's arrived at his new home and now I can share some pictures with you.

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I ventured a little beyond my usual embroidery style, incorporating paint into this piece.  Feels good to bring my two loves together.  And of course, I had to fit in some metallic floss, even if I was embellishing a bit there.  Perhaps that'll end up being my signature.  I'm not much of a glitter/bling girl but I can never resist the urge to bring a little shine to my pieces.  I don't really know why.

The whole thing is stitched with DMC.  I only used 7 colors and the thickest was 3 strands.  Last time I made my own pattern for the piece.  However, this time I was inspired by the cover art for the book, I'm a Lebowski, You're a Lebowski, illustrated by Bill Green.  Which is a hilarious read, by the way.  It had to be kid friendly and surprisingly, there are hardly any pictures of him online (that don't involve him licking a bowling ball.)


This was the first time that I signed one of my pieces.
I still don't know how I feel about it.  Part of me thinks it's a bit presumptuous, like it really matters, right?  And then part of me thinks, well, I would sign a painting.  So, I'm not really sure.  What do you thing about signing pieces?  Does it make me look like pompous ass?  Honestly.

9 comments:

Pam said...

This is so fantastic!

I usually put my initials and the year on my pieces (stitched as finely as possible), but that's because my mother is a painter and taught me that all works should be signed.

Snifferooski said...

actually, i love that you signed it! it's definitely a work of art, and it gives me the confidence to sign mine!

MafiosaGrrl said...

Thanks, gals. It makes me feel a little better about it. I was afraid of looking a bit too full of myself. I'm trying to come up with a symbol, I think it's more fun that way. I have yet to design a good one though.

JafaBrit's Art said...

One of my biggest gripes is that embroiderers don't sign their work. Of course I keep forgetting to sign mine lol, but yes, why on earth would you NOT sign your work MarfiosaGrrl. Whether it is a painting or embroidery really doesn't matter. I don't see why it would be pompous at all, artists always sign their work.

JafaBrit's Art said...

I forgot to add I like the mixed media, and also I meant signing embroidery work that is original to the artist.

Kira said...

I love it :D

I also agree that there's nothing wrong with signing your work! If I ever had the honor of receiving an original mafiosagrrl piece, I'd want it to be signed, so I could show folks and brag about it.

MafiosaGrrl said...

Thanks. I'm starting to like the idea of it more, still working on a great symbol.

Kira- that can be easily arranged :) give me a little time as things are crazy now, but I would certainly make you something. Perhaps we can swap?!

Roxanne said...

What?!!? This is the coolest piece of embroidery, ever! And I totally love your signature; simple and not distracting. I have to laugh for hours about this silliness now...

sven said...

caring about signatures at all gets close to caring too much about it. caring about the work is awesome(the ball cozy is pretty awesome too, really strong gesture which is super hard with embroidery/fabric)if you're proud of your work(and you should be) sign it, and work on a cool mark, but once you start obsessing about branding or posterity you start wandering into machine language imo.