Thursday, December 26, 2013

Yes, We Can- A Process

I was fortunate to be able to celebrate President Elect Obama by participating in 'President Obama: A Celebration in Art Quilts'. The exhibit was hung at the Cafritz Art Center, Silver Spring, MD 2009

My piece is called Yes! We Can! was made for this exhibit.
The center image is holographic image and the piece is mounted on artist bars.
I used a copyright free photo and photo shopped it on to a colorful background.
I used the above photo and changed the colors in each photo to represent "everyman". I needed 9 images.



I needed to figure out borders next. I tried 'painted' borders.
I decided to create black and white border fabric from figures that I googled from all over the world. 
I used the magnetic lasso to trim around each figure and copied them to my digital "canvas". I used the stamp tool for a black and white result. I feel that this reflects the unimportance of race and enforces the feeling of unity. 
Each person has a 'voice' using a cartoon bubble. I downloaded tons of fonts and wrote "Yes! We Can!" multiple times and in a variety of sizes.
I printed these out on transfer paper, which I cut and ironed onto the bubbles. I used red and blue thread to sew them to the piece, to remind us that his election crossed party lines.
I used an Epson 2400 with Ultra chrome inks. These are permanent, lightfast and guaranteed for 200 years. My fabric is treated with ink aid which further enhances the permanency.
All silk- noil.
Because the center image is holographic image, I needed to mount it on artist bars. I did an image transfer for the center image, which is mounted on the back, creating the 3-D holographic image.
Final size 30 x 32
BTW!!
THIS PIECE IS FOR SALE ON MY UpBlOG 
HERE

7 comments:

Robbie said...

A great piece and a great tribute to a wonderful president!

Ineke said...

Wow.

Sarah Ellis said...

wen, thank you! i enjoy that piece, and i used to live in college park, just around the beltway from silver spring. wish i could have seen it personally, but your sharing your process here gave an extra dimension to the viewing. again, thank you!

Sarah Ellis said...

wen, thank you! i enjoy that piece, and i used to live in college park, just around the beltway from silver spring. wish i could have seen it personally, but your sharing your process here gave an extra dimension to the viewing. again, thank you!

Danielle Morrison said...

Nice work, Arts and sculptures by local artists have more freshening appeal as it reflects the culture and people more. It has sense of belongingness.. That is always admirable and awe inspiring.
Australian artists

Sondra said...

Totally agree with Robbie's comment.......

Linda Steele said...

Thank you for detailing all the work in your historical piece of work. You are a master.

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