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the various and sundry creations of sylvus tarn
Olive Wall Hanging,
or fun with spirals

I was extremely encouraged by how many page views the first wall hanging in this series received; and a little dubious about my pix for this one. Well, my fears were justified—it didn't get anything like the attention of the other. So, back to the drawing board, or rather the basement, to take some more pix. My favorite image in the first wall hanging was the angled shot of the seed bead work, which just wasn't as easy to do with this one, perhaps because the poufy silk just to the left of the beadwork patch; however, I thought the closeup of one the dotties used in the beadstrand was even better—so this time, that's my fave shot.

I note, having the piece freely hanging is problematic. This one has a slightly shorter hanger, so its dangles didn't touch the bottom of the photography cube, which was why the pix weren't as good: the thing kept swaying. I took a minute to lower the cord from which I hung the piece, and once the dangles touched the floor of the light cube, the piece stopped moving, and I could get better pix.

wall hanging. silk, cotton, other fabric; thread— cotton, nylon, other; beads: lampwork, czech pressed, seed, semi-precious, including rainforest, leopardskin jasper, unakite, peridot, and that inexpensive tan stuff that I think is called woodland something or other; stringing cable and steel mandrel.

Techniques include freestyle machine and hand embroidery; also bead embroidery, drawing, and of course, lampwork—artist-made beads range from roughly 8–20mm hole to hole and are embroidered both on the piece and strung as well. The abstract frit and powder heart is stitched with buttonhole, a couture technique (at least, according to various authors in Threads mags I have).

Look closely and you see a tiny mini-hollow in that lovely Bullseye reactive hi-silver glass—it's to the right of the rainforest jasper 16mm tri and the czech leaf, to the left of the vintage green dogbone, and just slightly below the faceted peridot.


angled shot.


Overall shot, with morning sunshine. It seems an awful lot of studio photography guides tell you how to fake the effect of windows, plant shadows etc, but in this case, it's the real deal. I just have to a) lug the photography stuff upstairs while b) the light is right (i.e. morning in winter...)


photos 20jan09, 27apr09, file 27apr09. Additional photos are in the etsy listing.