Wednesday, September 29, 2010

It’s baaaaack

Remember the content vs pretty musings a while back? It’s baaaaack.

I did make some “pretty” work this past summer along with a bunch of other pieces (it was a very productive summer!), and I like them. It’s not work I could show in all galleries, but isn’t that always the case? Correct work for correct venue? Yes indeed, it is the way it works.

But back to my earlier blog post.

This past summer I was flipping through the Cloth, Paper, Scissors magazine,, and saw a reader challenge. Hmmm, I wondered, why not? Most of my work is large and problematic to ship (read expensive), and sometimes requires special installation as well, so if I were to take the challenge, downsizing would be in order. And maybe something a little different, like bright colors, possibly something more mainstream. Hmmmmm.

I let my brain toss around these different requirements a bit as I went to work daily in the studio. Some of the smaller dresses were better than others (naturally!!!), and some I never finished, but below are a few of the finished pieces.

I went ahead and submitted three of them to the magazine challenge and lo and behold, I am one of the finalists. Pretty cool, yes? It’s a solitary job working in the studio, so knowing other people connect with my work is encouraging. And oh so very nice. :D

I hope you have a creative day!


Lorri Lennox said...

Congratulations on your Artisan 2011 Mixed Media Stitch award. I love your dresses, but would like to know more about the process, materials you use etc., the Pictures are so pretty and the technique sounds interesting. I'm thinking they are collage? But I'm not sure if you use pre-printed tissue papers (I don't know where to get any of them) or whether you paint or draw or stamp onto them. I would love to know more. I work on whimsical girls and collage too. I've enjoyed visiting your blog and would love you to visit me too.
Thanks for sharing you beautiful MM Dresses. Oh btw, are they wearable? You say you put the pattern onto vinyl..or are they just decorative.. I think they look fabulous either way!

Lorri :)

Kim Radatz said...

Thanks so much for your nice comments! I’m going to answer your questions in a blog post as a couple of other folks have asked similar questions, so look for it in the very near future. In the meantime I’m going to stop on over at your blog.
I hope you have a creative day!