It is a tribute to all the women who care for the well-being of their family (with a little twist of humour). It is based on my weekly shopping list which a enlarged and copied onto fabric (inside left page). In fact it consists of two layers, one of coton fabric and the other of a more transparent fabric to create more depth. The two layers were held together by free machine stitching the words "Shopping List".
These words were also stitched on the front page of the book and the right side in the book, only that this was done from the back. The words are therefore not readable and create an abstract pattern.
The two sides of the book are made of painting canvases wrapped with fabric and connected to form a book structure
Both sides were backed with red felt before being stitched into it. The stitching is based on the research samples of this module.
The fabric used here is a linen one used for cross stitch (?) dyed with Procion in my color scheme (same for right side). The left-over threads were covered with satin stitch. The natural movement of the threads resulting from this stitching was enhanced by "connecting" some of the threads with satin stitch.
The paper frames were made by wrapping wire frames with a chenille and coton thread dipped into paper pulp.
The picture of my "shopping queen" has been found on the internet and printed onto fabric, a halo was painted around it. To create a link with the left page and to "soften" the edges the aperture as well as the inside were framed with the paper frames. I really love the three-dimensional look of this.
All the edges of this "book" were covered with the same stitch.
Finally the borders were wrapped with a bought ribbon that was machine-stitched.
Because of the size and all the different textures this book is very tactile. It invites the viewer to hold it and, hopefully, to wonder what the story behind it is.
The presentation sheet regroups pics of my inspiration as well as my technique ideas for the different panels for the final piece