23 December 2009

I had a favourite Antique Asian store I discovered by chance one day.

Unfortunately, it is now closed.

But on discovering it I spent a few hours in there and found some

Marvellous books and objects.

One of the pieces I made from items I bought there
was for the Guo-Guo piece.

Another piece, which was completed early last year was called “Harbin 1941”.

Rich antique embroideries were used to house elements of the piece

Hidden away, to be revealed at the right time

As yet, I am unsure, how to show this complex piece

As an artist book it virtually needs a book itself to explain

All the layers within

It is sometimes difficult to sit here and write for hours about a piece

Not sure if the true nature of the piece can be grasped in photos.

This is probably one of my favourite artworks

I challenged myself to only using those materials found together with the photos I found.

Many hours of research and discussion with the shop owner ensued to enable me to finally put this piece together at the time.

So for now I will pass on some detailed snippets

Of the layers and stitching

Just to enjoy a very small sampling of it.

Wishing every one of my blog readers a Happy Holidays and Christmas Season.

I am taking my kids on an adventure of a life-time.

I wish you all a very Happy and Creative New Year and want to thank all of you who come here and comment, or just pop in for a browse. It means a lot to me.

Be safe



Kim said...

Just cruising and up came the notice of your post so thought I'd pop in, LOL! Wonderful textures and colours. I love the stitching, layering and torn edges. It really just leaves me wishing I had time to sit and absorb the whole of the work! Have a wonderful festive season and hope the holiday is fabulous for you all!

Jen Crossley said...

I Hare when you find a great supply shop and it closes down.I so love the deepth of your work Judy totally amazing
Happy Christmas to you and your family and hope 2010 is just as creative for you as this year was

Gaby Bee said...

Wanted to send along some wishes for a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Hugs, Gaby

Redness said...

Hauntingly gorgeous project as always ... I yearn for a glimpse ;)
Here's to an amazing family adventure for YOU and Yours and sending tons of wishes and hugs that 2010 brings YOU more than YOU ever imagined! xo

jenny said...

Very good post and like to see more from you dear. As all post as I visit got so got interest too.. Thanks.


Studio Sylvia said...

Beautiful snippets Judy. Have a truly wonderful family holiday celebration and adventure.
Best wishes Sylvia

Sarah said...

Happy hoildays Judy, I hope you and your children enjoy your grand adventure you have install for them. Thank you for once again sharing such wonderful, detailed and inspiring work of your..

femminismo said...

The adventure of a lifetime? How wonderful for all of you. I loved every single snippet. The photograph is wonderful; so inspiring and tender and hopeful. Looking forward to good things in that pic. Have a great Christmas and happy new year.

Judy Wise said...

Every single one of these photographs fill my heart and eyes with pleasure. What is it about these stitches, pieces of drawings, lengths of thread that speak so lovingly to those of us who love materials? Anyway, thank you for taking the time to share these. And have a sweet time out with your kiddos; happy holidays, health and wealth to you all. xo

Four Seasons in a Life said...

I am delighted to have found your blog a while back and find every visit a delight. Your photography on this post reads like a well worn story one enjoys coming back to and reading over and over.

But now comes the time in which we must turn our attention to family members and so I wish you and everyone in your family all the very best this holiday season and that good fortune may be with you in 2010.

Warmest regards,

Sharon said...

Wonderful sweet spots Judy. Hope you figure out a way to show more. I really appreciate the way you have incorporated stitching. It is beautiful.

Lynn said...

So so beautiful Judy...

Hugs and happy NEW CREATIVE YEAR!!!

azirca said...

The close-up photos of this piece are beautiful, they really highlight the intricate detailing and textures that you create in each of your works.

Wishing you and your family a wonderful and safe holiday season. May your adventure with your children be full of fun.

Susan Tuttle said...

Such finds that you have masterfully woven into your work. Too bad the store closed, but how good that you were able to get some terrific finds while they were open.

Wishing you and yours a Happy New Year!

Yes, I do wish we could have met through VR -- we will meet someday!



Stunning as always! and it leaves me hungry for more :)) your wonderful adventure sounds intriguing as well....
Merry Merry!

neva gagliano said...

thank you for the good wishes, for your visits, for sharing and inspiring here....as with this post. sooooooooo amazingly gorgeous just those bits to see.
enjoy the adventure with those fortunate kiddos!

Seth said...

Amazing! Loving the layers and all the detail! I can tell there is a story behind each glimpse. Happy holidays to you Judy and a very happy and helthy 2010!

Chrisy said...

Thank you for a glimpse into this amazing piece...and I hope you all have a lovely adventure...with some relaxation thrown in as well...

Harnett-Hargrove said...

Hello, Beautiful blog, beautiful work. One can tile these 'snippets' together in mindm and come up with one whole amazing work! There is a resonance here. -Jayne

Libby Buttons said...

Soul Stirring works and photos. Thank you for sharing. So unfortunate the shop is now gone.
LiBBy BuTTons

connie said...

your photographs always draws one in...i can not wait to see the completed piece. and an adventure? how exciting, have a wonderful holiday with you kids!

A bird in the hand said...

Judy, given the complexity of the work, you do very well showing/explaining it.

Wishing you and yours a happy and safe holiday!

Colette xoxo

Leslie said...

Ever since the first time I visited your blog, I've been captivated by your attention to detail and story-telling! These glimpses are wonderful. Thanks!


Anonymous said...

Love the stitching on the vintage papers. You are so very talented.
Thanks for sharing.

dixie said...

Did not intend to comment anonymously. dix in Texas

Dale said...

This seems the type of piece that you have to get to know to understand, and even once you do there are still suprises. The type that makes you want to sit with it and look through it's pages on a sun-drenched afternoon.

ArtPropelled said...

I am swooning over this and also the little blank notebooks you have been making. Heart racing images!

layers said...

I have been so busy with the holidays and sons coming home for a visit that I almost missed this post-- I love love LOVE all the images-- I also came home from Kyoto with old Japanese books I found at the flea markets-- I simply love the old weathered textures and calligraphy.
even the old covers are wonderful.
the detail you get in your images are wonderful.