2010-07-04

by bookindian

Don’t know where I’ve been or what calendar I have on the wall . . . but I thought MONDAY was the 4th of July . . . lost a day there somewhere . . . been LOST in the workroom . . . old Levi’s denim, the JUKI (which I’ve neglected for too long) and what looks like a logical change of direction . . .

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. . . it’s been a year since I lost my J – O – B . . . seven months since I retired . . . and the pieces of this new life seem to be falling into place.

. . . because the JUKI won’t slip down inside the legs of my Levi’s, it was necessary to rip the side seams out so I could stitch the “new” fabric pieces on the selected areas . . . it’s easier to work on a flat piece of material . . .

Reconstructed after being “de-constructed” . . .

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. . . ready for another go with life.

Today, after closing up the side seams on a pair of Levi’s that I modded up yesterday . . . I stitched a panel of pieced together fabric (denim and some other stuff) to the back of one of my older long-sleeved shirts, sort of a “work” shirt with a “Mandarin” style collar.

Here’s the back of the shirt . . .

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. . . and here’s a shot of the front with smaller panel in place.

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. . . below is a closer view of the front panel on the shirt . . .

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The photo above shows the hand stitching I did after the pieces were sewn together . . . was going for that vintage Japanese “noragi” look . . .

Robert Motherwell’s paintings play an influential role in how I “lay-out” the pieces of fabric that I eventually stitch together . . . large irregular shapes and a somewhat mono-chromatic pallet . . .

Elegy to the Spanish Republic No, 57” by Robert Motherwell.

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This image “Automatism B, 1966” is probably closer to how some of the linear fabric elements work . . . Working with the different hues and textures of denim is sort of like painting on canvas . . . you have the basic concept, but the composition evolves as you work . . .

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Anyway . . . after I got “home”, I washed the shirt and all the pants that I’ve worked on since Friday . . . I found more large pieces of denim (mostly pant legs) and more pieced panels that I put together and stashed in storage boxes more than a year ago . . . yep . . . a new direction . . .

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