How do you see yourself?

I finally managed to get a little sewing in recently and finally finished a self-portrait challenge for my local fiber art group.

Fiber art self-portrait

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.

Fiber art self-portrait

I did a similar thing for the background fabric on this section …

Fiber art self-portrait

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.

Fiber art self-portrait

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.

Fiber art self-portrait

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.

12 thoughts on “How do you see yourself?”

  1. Just Wanted To Say—I have been receiving your posts for a very long time and always find wonderful
    “Thought Provoking” posts (I guess you can call it Zen or Awareness like). I do not know why I haven’t sent a comment before now. But I just wanted you to know that I perk up when I see your name come across the screen knowing that either your writing or creativeness (really both) will spark great mind chatter and put me in a creative mood. Thank You!

    Till We Quilt Again,
    Helen

  2. Linda,

    I appreciate the way you use your creativity in your journey through healing to new life.

    What kind of printer do you use? The fabric is lovely and the colors appear to be what you say in Photoshop. Do you change any print settings to get truer color on fabric?

    Thanks for your help.
    Ann

    1. Linda Matthews

      Hi Ann, I use an epson 1100 printer, and generally I just use the photo setting on my printer.

  3. Thanks for sharing your ideas and techniques. So clever – I wish I had time to try everything. Printing your own fabric is a very creative way to solve a problem. What fabric do you use to print on?

      1. wow!! a ton of information – thanks so much – I’ll probably be back with questions as soon as I can absorb all of this – thanks so much for sharing your experiences and talent –

  4. I very much enjoyed reading about your process and how you chose each component. Photo transfer is the one technique I have never tried – you combined it with the rust dyed fabric beautifully.

    1. Linda Matthews

      Hi Morgen, the fabric isn’t rust dyed – it’s a rust background texture printed on fabric. I like the way it turned out though.

  5. Linda,

    Your self-portrait quilt is lovely and very creative. We’re never “without” (even supplies) and you proved that by using your ingenuity to generate a supply that is more interesting than the real thing. Good work on your creative healing process!

  6. You look like such a tough little girl! Not taking any guff even at that age….very telling. Thougth those buttons were a great addition!

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