Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Wooden quilt kimono



It is "almost" finished. I actually was able to get all the hardware done (with help from dh) and get it hung yesterday. Now I can work on the fabric part of it, then glaze it. Then of course I will take a much better photograph.

If I were to this again I wouldn't LOL! but IF I did I would have drawn the whole thing out on paper first. Working with something lying flat gives you a skewed perspective. I didn't realize the sleeves were different or that the patches didn't flare out as much. Still I love the concept of stitching wood together and I do think I will be playing with that idea in the future (smaller scale).

Materials: mfd, acrylic, plastic coated wire.



33 comments:

Janvangogh said...

Oh Jaf. It is wonderful.

jafabrit said...

Jan, thanks, I really appreciate that. This project has been a real headache.

Still Waters Studio said...

I absolutely love it! You've been very busy. I wish I had a real kimono like that. Are you going to keep it or sell it? If I put that much work into something, I think I'd have to keep it.
Sherry

Lisa said...

It's looking great!

Designing on a horizontal surface is difficult. But I love that the sleeves aren't exactly the same.

jafabrit said...

coming from you LIsa I am double happy you like it. Sherry, it is slated to go into the october exhibit and I am putting fair price on it (I am thinking at least $2,500). It was a LOT of work and is a signature piece.

ckw said...

i love your art and ideas and thanks for the j lennon this am- was having a hard time getting up and going and that snipit got me motivated -thanks-ckw

emm said...

Amazingly cool! I can't even begin to imagine how you put this together!

The Lone Beader said...

That is really interesting!

Rising Rainbow said...

A very interesting use of the media. I'll be it was frustrating at times.

Janvangogh said...

I just noted you used mdf. No wonder it is so heavy!

Definitely take good pictures of it and put it up on a site like Imagekind -- where they print and you set the profit.

I think your price is not unreasonable for all the work.

Steph said...

Wowww this kimono rocks! It is gorgeous! I can understand the headache!

the domestic minx said...

Oh I think it is brilliant, Jafabrit.
You are enormously clever.
Personally, I prefer that things are a little odd.
I'm happy it's not perfect".

x

Mary Emma Allen said...

Lovely and so unique. I, too, like the sleeves a little skewed, like someone may be modeling it.

L.M.Noonan said...

Fanbloodytastic woman. I've made at least a dozen kimonos in all soets of media but not wood! I'm fascinated with how you've done. I guess it's closer to the leather armour the samurai wore than anything. I'd love to see this in the flesh...wood.

jafabrit said...

Hey there, lot a new visitors, thanks for dropping by and letting me know what you think ckw, emm, rising rainbow steph,mary emma allen :)
minx you say just the right thing :)
So glad you like it noonan. You know maybe I don't need to add more after all. I was thinking it lacked something. I have worked on it so much it is hard to be objective (I am sure many of you know what I mean).
Jan, do you really think a print of it would sell? I will have to think about that.
Meantime my newest headache is making a box to transport it to the gallery in October, arg!!!

Janvangogh said...

Hi Jaf.

Yes, I do think a print would sell. But put it on a site that has on demand printing.

jafabrit said...

Thanks for the tip Jan :)

Art Lady said...

Hi Jaf - very cool! Janvangogh is right on the on-demand printing - great idea!

Abraham Lincoln said...

That is super. I like it and the colors are splendid. I have seen lots of real kimonos in my lifetime but nothing like this one.

Abraham Lincoln
Brookville Daily Photo

the art of curiosity said...

I love your mind - it creates beautiful, thoughtful things which are embellished with your wonderful wit!

You rock :-)

Jennifer xox

jafabrit said...

Thanks abraham, This kimono is based on a 60's patchwork that I bought in Dallas in the late 80's.

Thanks so much Jennifer :)

dinahmow said...

Well, you might "hate the bloody kimono" but I think you've done a great job.My knuckles ache at the thought of wiring all that wood.Better I stick to fabric sculpture,eh!
Well done,lass.

Maria & Stefano said...

I really love this one too...you're so talented!!!

Love,
Maria

HMBT said...

Wow, it's just damn cool! I hope you are ready to sell it soon, this work won't last long! Wouldn't it be funny if you got asked to do a commissioned work... another one like this one? Ha! Don't pay any attention to me, I am in a morbid mood. *Wicked Grins*

jafabrit said...

hmbt, BITE yer tongue, commission YIKES!

Thanks Maria and sTefano, dinah :)

Cynthia said...

All, I can say Jafabrit is that I'm speechless! I know you say you wouldn't do it again, but it's amazing...I'm intrigued by the stitches and wish I could see it in person.

jafabrit said...

The stitching was a challenge in itself cynthia and hard to describe. I did find myself doing these nice uniformly placed stitches and I decided it looked better to have them slightly wonky and not evenly spaced. I used a hand held dremel to drill my holes as I went along. Couldn't pre drill all the patches. So I would assemble, drill one patch, stitch it to the main section, and repeat.

Angela said...

Outstanding Corrine! I love it! Gotta say, I absolutely ADORE "IMAGINE" by John Lennon!Sorry had to say that... BEAUTIFUL colors! Great work! *HUGS*

Mary Emma Allen said...

I can see your kimono is very popular. I mentioned it on my quilting blog, Quilting and Patchwork, because I though my readers would like to see it. However, I can't find a way to e-mail you with the link. So hope you don't mind if I post it here for you:
http://www.quiltingandpatchwork.com/2007/08/07/discovering-a-wooden-quilt-kimono/
And thank you for visiting my "tea" blog and chatting there.

jafabrit said...

oh thanks emma, will check it out :)

painter girl said...

absolutely beautiful. I love the colors and the way the different sleeves make it look more like fabric than if they were identical.

Shez said...

Oh, Wow Jafa, so glad I didn't miss this absolutely wonderful work of art!!! You finished it!!! I'm so thrilled for you. This is such a wonderful accomplishment. I remember you showing it some months ago in progress, the stitching alone was something. It will be so well received at the showing, one of a kind!!

...."Bravo" Artist Extrodinare!!!......

Shez

jafabrit said...

thanks painter and shez, I am getting used to it and not feeling so critical of it now :) Maybe I will actually appreciate it when the memory of making it goes away LOL!