I finally managed to get a little sewing in recently and finally finished a self-portrait challenge for my local fiber art group.
I wanted to do this piece all in fabric but I don’t work much with commercial fabrics any more and after I moved recently I gave away practically all of my stash of commercial fabrics (that’s right – it’s all gone!). So I don’t have a large selection of fabrics anymore and for this piece I really needed something that was a little more traditional than what’s left in my stash. So what’s a girl to do?
I first did a little photoshop work on an old photo of myself to scratch out the background before I printed the photo onto fabric. Then for the background on this section I scanned a piece of vintage floral style scrapbooking paper and printed that onto fabric also.
I did a similar thing for the background fabric on this section …
I needed a piece of rusty colored fabric so I found a rusted background texture and scanned it onto fabric. I really like the way this turned out and it beats waiting around for a week or two for a piece of real rusted fabric.
And don’t you just *love* these buttons? Real buttons are quite expensive these days as I’m sure you know, but I found these in the scrapbooking section of the craft store – they’re chipboard sticker type buttons that look like the real thing at a fraction of the cost.
I’ve done several self-portaits over the years and it’s always interesting to see how differently you perceive yourself over time. This is the first time though that I’ve regressed back into childhood. I’m not totally convinced that this is such a bad thing.