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Solarscape - Nuclear Fusion by suedollin Solarscape - Nuclear Fusion by suedollin
This is an entry into Amy Hooton's competition. [link]
The entries must be inspired by Amy's art in her gallery.
Her ink works always make me think of galaxies and constellations. The swirling gases that we have evolved from.

These hand painted pieces of cloth were created several years ago and have been pined to my design wall ever since. Amy's contest has inspired me to actually do something with them.

They represent nuclear fusion on the sun, where the heat is so great the hydrogen atoms undergo nuclear fusion and turn into helium atoms. This chain reaction then goes on to make heavier elements like carbon, oxygen etc.

The central red threads represent the splitting of atoms, the red beads are the hydrogen atoms and the purple beads the helium atoms which are rising to the outer layers of the sun.

The following images are details of the different sections.

Hand painted silk, free machine stitching, beading and fabric markers.
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approachableart Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2008
This is incredible and makes me realize how very far I still have to go in my fiber art work. VERY inspiring!
suedollin Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much.:D

I think you are well on your way! Only a matter of changing mediums. Your paper work is fantasic and it can be easily substituted for fabric.
approachableart Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2008
Thanks. :) I'm not actually switching to fabric as much as I am learning new ways I can incorporate my fabric work into my paper work. It's challenging- for the first time in years, I'm back to taking baby steps in art. Very invigorating!

Your fabric work is really eye-popping and I would love an opportunity to study it up close. Does it hang in any galleries?
suedollin Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You sound very motivated and by the look of your work it tells. Love the mixed media idea. I am slowly working towards that too. Not the paper so much but other things.

Sadly the only place my fibre art hangs is in the cupboard! Thats why da is such a great community, not only displaying my work but getting such great feedback.

Thanks again. :hug:
approachableart Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2008
Sorry for the slow reply- I was in the path of Hurricane Ike and had to evacuate, but I'm home now and the power is finally back on!

Thanks for the kind words about my work... I find yours fascinating and look forward to seeing what you might do in the future.

I haven't participated much in the DA community but I've found it to be a nice gateway for potential clients to see some of my stuff.

I read your journal last week and saw that you were feeling down. I hope things start to look up for you very soon!
suedollin Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I hope all is well after Ike. Must have been a very scary thing to evacuate and not know what would be left of your home when you returned.

Great you are capturing some paying clients. Thats hard to do, well done. Ultimately thats what da should be about, getting our work out there so we can earn some sort of income from it. Ideal world? :laughing:

I've posted a new piece here [link]
Not so much the abstract but still an exercise in expressing an idea in fibre.

Thanks for the well wishes about my 'mood' at the moment. Life is full of twists and turns. Going through a difficult time with my marriage. Still some way to go but da is keeping me sane. :hug:
approachableart Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2008
Wow, Sue, this is spectacular! I love that you're incorporating beads in your work, too... I just finished some rudimentary beading on a fabric/paper piece I did, too (I make my own beads) and I have a feeling that my work is going to tend more and more towards making art in this way (lots of hand stitching with some beading, etc.)

Ike has passed and we've cleaned up most of the damage... all's well.

*hugs* :D
suedollin Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Sorry for the slow reply.I have moved and have no internet. :(
Interested in the making your own beads, look forward to seeing some on your da site.
battlefate Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2008
Kind of looks like the layers of skin.
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