The inspiration for “Talismans for Wandering Stars, Celebration, and Hope” came in suddenly the other day to repurpose face masks I designed through Society6. The designs I chose came from paintings I loved in the first place, and loved choosing the details from the painting to print in the second place.
A lot of time was spent removing all the stitches, it was meditational work. It has been a pleasure to embellish my own art with rare beads, antique buttons, pearls and embroidery, cushioned with wool roving inside. I had a funny thought that the back side, could double as an eye cover on an airplane. See them first this Saturday at Open Studio!
Why would I go to the trouble to repurpose masks? I’m done with masks, and am not going to sell the cloth ones that don’t work. I love a challenge of transformation; removing stitches, as if from a surgery – slowly, patiently. Frugality. The printed fabric is beautiful, worthy of embellishment. Power to the wrist, wrist comfort. When not being worn, it can be wall art.
Talisman for Wandering Stars
Talisman for Wandering Stars has antique Lapis and silver pendant, pearls, seed beads, appliqued found embroidered star, embroidered on repurposed mask fabric design by Kathleen O’Brien, one of a kind Ghana style bead button by Mark Roberts.
Talisman for Celebrating
Talisman for Celebrating has antique faceted “jet” bead, antique horn beads, pearl, seed beads, old pressed bead, new fire bead, embroidery on repurposed mask fabric design by Kathleen O’Brien, antique glass button.
Talisman for Hope
Talisman for Hope has antique Venetian white heart beads, antique iridescent faceted beads, on repurposed mask fabric design by Kathleen O’Brien, antique button.
These are amazing, Kathleen! They are beautiful, surely carry so much of your creative energy and hope, and I can hardly wait till Saturday to see them!
thank you, and I look forward to showing you!