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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!
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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.
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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?
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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:
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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!
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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:
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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
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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.
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battlefate Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2008
Kind of looks like the layers of skin.
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suedollin Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Mm, never thought of that!
Thanks for looking.
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parrotdolphin Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
I love this... the way it's painted, and the way you did the stitching to line up with the hues. And the detail shots are great too.
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suedollin Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you for the beautiful comments and the fave too.

It's very different to what you do and I appreciate your comments.
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Radical-Manzanas Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2007   Interface Designer
This is absolutely stunning.
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suedollin Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow, thank you for the great comment and fave.
Much appreciated.
Love your gallery, very talented.
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redmatilda Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
This is truly inspirational! I adore fabric art in all its forms....so sensual and delicious. A masterpiece of colour and stitching :clap:
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suedollin Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much for the beautiful comments and fave. Much appreciated.
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jaz999 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2007
You just keep on blowing me away with your wondrous threaded paintings, and I always love to hear the story behind each and every one -they're always so thought through and seem to take so long to make. You are so patient with your work it's no wonder that masterpieces like this constantly pop up.
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suedollin Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you Jen, glad you like it.
It sat on my design wall for so long, just pinned there waiting for the right moment. I almost got rid of the fabric, I thought the ideas had gone stale. Interesting how a small thing can reinvigorate the momentum. Glad I've finally used the fabric and I'm happy they are where they belong now, on the surface of the sun!
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jaz999 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2007
I also like that quality of recycling things that you get with fabric (although, now that i think of it, I suppose you can reuse paintings and drawings to make new pictures too) -I have gotten into the habit of using worn or wrecked clothes to patch up others (I literally wear stuff until it blows away in the wind:))
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suedollin Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Patchwork quilts were a way to use worn out clothing. Nothing went to waste not too long ago.
I made a quilt from mens ties. Once people heard I was doing it, ties came from everywhere. I probably have enough ties left over to make several more quilts.
But too many people think you need the latest print or fabric to make something special. I like the meaning and intent behind reusing the old.
But thread bare?
Sounds like you get attached to your clothes!
;)
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jaz999 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2007
You have no idea how attached. I am still wearing a pair of flip flops (as house shoes now) that I got around the first year I was in Australia. That makes them around fifteen years old... I also love the idea with making a quilt out of old ties, I think I have a bit of a tie fetish too. I love the satin stripes and patterns. Not too big on the cartoon ones, though. Whenever I'm in the second hand shop, I must sift through the big tubs of old ties. People throw away the best stuff!
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suedollin Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Tie fabric is awesome. The local op shops have started to charge a lot more for the ties because they have become so popular for patchwork quilts.
When I get around to creating a new da site for my quilts, you'll see my tie one. Soon.
The thought of tubs of old ties sounds divine.
A tie frenzie!
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jaz999 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2007
I think they're still fairly cheap here, but then, a Euro is still over a dollar's worth. I must go see what they have in the op shops, I never seem to have the time these days, or there are better things to be buying than clothes (art supplies and good good eats!)
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bear48 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2007  Professional
this is wonderful
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BeeVomit Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2007
bitchin
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suedollin Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thanka
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my-bits-and-pieces Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2007
This work has been featured here, hope you don’t mind.
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suedollin Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow, thank you Anna, I feel honored to be included with the other beautiful work you have selected. You have a fine eye for quality artisan crafts.
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my-bits-and-pieces Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2007
thank you!
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Osa-Art-Farm Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2007
Outstanding. Visually interesting and beautiful. I really envy your machine stitching skills. I thought it was a tree at first but reading your discription I see it all very clearly. The closely stitched gold threads around the middle 'stem' are a perfect addition and give the feeling of it being 'supercharged'. Many, many people do action painting with pretty colors but gold highlights are so "Amy".
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suedollin Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you for the wonderful comments.
I like the 'supercharged' description. Perfectly spotted. Lots of energy and yellow says it so well.
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karincharlotte Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2007   Traditional Artist
Awesome! The colours are a lot like some of my watercolour experiments. I'm also impressed by your scientific knowledge. :clap: :wave:
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suedollin Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks Karin, glad you like it.
Painting fabric is very similar to playing with very wet watercolours. They bleed and blend, almost uncontrollably. Love the unpredictable effects this technique creates.

My scientific knowledge is very superficial. I do read those types of books and magazines but 99% of it is forgotten by the next page!
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karincharlotte Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2007   Traditional Artist
I have tried silk painting. It's one of the most fun things to paint. Perhaps one day I will return to it.
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suedollin Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It is fun except when the steaming process goes wrong. It is also an unpredictable element.

Karin, there are not enough hours in the day, or years in a life time. We can't do it all, but at least we are having fun trying!

Hope you had a great weekend. I watched Bathurst all day today and ate chocolate cake! Good day.
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karincharlotte Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2007   Traditional Artist
Hey Sue!
Silk painting is fantastic. Steaming can be a pain in the butt...I haven't really had anything go wrong during the steaming, but I can relate to the unpredictable. Many accidental happenings, like colours leaking through the gutta. I love the brilliance of the colours, though, and don't mind the unpredictability. Watercolour is very similar, wish the colours were as brilliant as the silk painting inks.
I didn't watch Bathurst! Chocolate cake sounds good, however. I had a lazy day in the studio, mostly mucking around with my paints. Went for a walk and watched a magnificent sunset. The clouds are stunning lately. Took lots of photos (too many).
Thanks for caring and sharing.
:love: Karin
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suedollin Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Look forward to the sunset photos! Seen any floating hearts lately? Maybe an arrow piercing the heart! LOL You are special.
Good to hear you spent some time in the studio.
I put the portable TV in my studio, watched the race and sewed all day. Very productive and entertaining. My niece had a baby boy on Friday so I started to make a cot quilt for the little fellow. Got heaps done, very bright, which they wanted and will hopefully have it done by the end of the week. I keep thinking about starting a new DA account for my quilts and wearable art clothing. Got so much stuff, too much to put on this account and I would like to keep the traditional craft separate from the fibre art. Should stop talking about it and just do it. Getting decent photos of them all is the thing holding me up. The quilts are big, so I need the right sort of cloudy day to hang them infront of the garage to photograph them. Big job. Would much rather do some silk or watercolour painting!
I'll go check out your recent deviations. Looks very interesting.
Take care.
Sue
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karincharlotte Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2007   Traditional Artist
Hi Sue, you sound very busy. Your day watching the Bathurst racing sounds very productive. Most people just sit and watch. These days I have to limit my time on the telly. I'm hooked on Aussi Idol, Dancing with the start and So you think you can dance....

Yesterday was the first day of my beginners watercolour class. My daughter Jennifer also had a big day...she won first prize in a competition with her design for a mural. I still don't know the details...so excited!!!

Do you think you need a separate account for your quilts? It does sound daunting,though. I know how you feel. You almost need to be two people to do so much....
Cut yourself some slack! YOU are doing a great job! :) Make sure you give yourself the credit you deserve.
:hug: :heart:
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suedollin Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hi Karin, that is wonderful news about Jennifer's win.
I had a look at her website and I love the car illustrations. She has given them lots of character.
It would be wonderful to see it as a mural, and what a buzz to have her art in a public place.
You must be proud.
Thanks for you caring comments. I do look after myself, I like a challenge. It seems to motivate me into actually doing or getting things done.
Take care.
Love Sue
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Naze-Melnyk Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2007  Professional General Artist
Wow! what a stonking piece of work Sue. Absolutely beautiful, love the idea behind it too! :D
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suedollin Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow, love the comment! Stonking! Sounds good.
Glad you like it Naze, just exercising my passion for the Cosmos!
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Naze-Melnyk Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2007  Professional General Artist
That passion is coming through loud and clear Sue! Simply gorgeous! :D
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suedollin Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:hug: :star:
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my-bits-and-pieces Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2007
this is absolutely incredible!

the colours and composition make me think of an explosion, yet all the elements are so well balanced it goes beyond that. I love the way you seem to combine different techniques so easily, yet in such an interesting way. Definitely a very engaging piece.
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suedollin Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow, what wonderful comments.
Thank you its much appreciated.
I've been looking at those painted pieces of fabric for way too long and I'm glad its come together to make some sort of sense.
It's great you can see that.
Sue
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wolverine-fallen09 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2007
Gorgeous color indeed. I'm so happy you decided to use those peices for this particular contest, lol, seeing how amy hooton is the queen of color. :giggle: I also like the whole basic layout for it. The color is well designed and all the elements well-placed for an awsome beyond awsome picture. GREAT WORK!!! :w00t:
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suedollin Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow, thanks for the great comments and the effort you have taken to read my art. Much appreciated.
Your gallery is stunning. Will definitely visit again.
Sue
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wolverine-fallen09 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2007
no problem about the comment and such, it was WELL deserved!!! ;) And thanx for the visit, lol, i hope you come again! :dance:

LOTS OF LUV!!

~ Kim :heart:
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amyhooton Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2007  Professional General Artist
Wow! Its amazing. I'm amazed! Well done. Its stunning. The colours are magnificent. Gorgeous. And the idea rocks. Wonderful! Its going in my journal!
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