Eke Krug – Series #1 – Bits and Piece – #1 – Looking for connections
Finding a good subject for the series wasn’t easy. At first I tried looking at the things we did last year and make a visualisation of one of the subjects being a series. Circles and Motion were the two subjects that could do, but not feeling so comfortable that I wanted to spent a whole year on that. Looking at this uncomfortable feeling was the next thing to do, where does it come from? I didn’t find an answer right away, so decided to let it go for a while and see what would happen.
In the meanwhile, I was very busy making art bags for the exhibition in April 2017. The same model bag made in different techniques and materials, ‘talking about series’ like Els Mommers said. A big job, but also challenging to do, making every bag a different one, just by chancing the materials and technique. And then the sewing part, they all have to be the same…. And while sewing the bags together, I knew where the uncomfortable feeling for Circles and Motion came from, it was the form. I realized that the subject had to be free, not knotted to any form at all, only the 15×15 inches.
And looking around in my messy working place, I decided to work with the leftovers, the little bits and pieces from all the projects I made in the last years, giving them a place in the series planned for 2017 by the Fifteen by Fifteen Group. So the title of the series will be Bits and Pieces and the goal I want to reach, is completely freedom in designing. But I also put some borders to that freedom, and made some rules that I have to follow, so here is my do’s and don’t list:
• Only work with leftovers from other projects.
• All materials may be used, fabric, paper, metal, leather, beads, etc.
• Dyeing, printing and painting the leftovers (if necessary) is allowed.
• Both hand and machine stitching can be used, with any kind of threads.
• Recycled materials, not necessarily leftovers, can be used.
• Batting, sewing threads and paint are the only things that may be bought for the series.
• Each piece of the series has to have a subject that is a representation of what keeps me busy personally
After making these decisions, I felt happy and experienced a freedom that is difficult to explain. Like bubbling and boiling and jumping at the same time. So here is my first piece:
Looking for connections
Every period in life has other priority’s, and at this moment, connections seems to be the word that is popping up in total different situations. First of all, Alzheimer’s disease. My mother suffered with that for eight years before she past away five years ago, and since last summer, my father of 92 is dealing with Alzheimer too, looking for connections inside and outside himself, to keep in touch with reality.
The second situation has to do with metabolism, important to keep our body and mind in good condition and working properly. An underactive thyroid gives problems and has to be medicated. For the last nine years I took medication on that, but since a couple of months, it isn’t working like it should. So trying out new doses, to make the right connections in the metabolism, is influencing my daily life.
And the third situation is found in all the moving I did in my life. In Holland I moved a lot and lived in three different parts of it for many years. And since I live in Norway, this is the third region I live in, in seven years. And in every place I lived, I made connections with people, that stayed behind while I was moving further. I try to keep in touch now and then with these people, but it is not easy. So the first two and a halve year that we lived where we live now, I became a kind of hermit, not bad at all, but now I am coming out, carefully, and again, looking for connections in my direct surroundings.
All about connections, in different ways, that is what this first quilt of my series is about. Carefully looking and stitching to connect all parts and make it work.
The whole piece is stitched by hand, using many different layers of silk, both pongee and organza, to reach the best colour results. Of course all the fabric is hand dyed with different techniques, but for previous projects. The silk/ viscose velvet got its holes by burnout technique, which I should use more……
Mostly silk fibre, organza, pongee and velvet – cotton batiste – mulberry fibre – wool fibre – torn edges of scarves – little pieces of commercial fabric – threads, partly hand painted – very thin batting, normally used in felting – piece of hand painted linen for the backside
Raw edge applique – hand stitching
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