Sunday, May 27, 2007

"Har Sinai" (private collection)

Needle felted flame and machine embroidery on a background of Habotai silk that has been dyed using procion MX dyes with Soda Ash fixitive. The silk was pole wrapped in the Arashi pattern of Shibori. I cut it to a small size and machine stitched it to a backfround of felt.

This is inspired by the Jewish Holiday of Shavuos that we recently celebrated when Moses brought the Torah down from Mount Sinai.

The flame represents the powerful impact on the Jewish people as they received the Torah and their souls leapt from their bodies as they heard the first two commandments given by G-d. The experience of hearing the voice of G-d was so intense that they begged Moses to deliver the other 8 commandments.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Should be posting new photos soon!

Yay! I just purchased a new camera before the weekend a Cannon Power Shot A450. I am really thrilled as it it mile beyond in technology from my old Fuji. It takes great pictures but I think I need a tripod for shooting my work. Anyway I just have one more hurdle and that is that my CD player in my computer is malfunctioning and I need to run out a get a new one. OK then I can upload the soft ware and then I'm good to go! Stay tuned!

Monday, May 21, 2007

Altered book WIP



OK so I haven't really worked on it for a couple of weeks. I get involved in something else and the other project takes a back seat. However since this is a new blog I think I need to give it its place here also.
This is my first attempt at altered books and so I wanted to try different techniques to find my own style. I think the nicest page and suiting my style the best came out here:


I also really enjoy painting and collage together as well, I don't even know where it comes from and really don't start with a well formed idea in my head. It all came out in a creative burst. I'm not sure if that's good or bad or none of the above but it sure was fun... I guess that's the main thing and for me what art means to me. I don't so much want to "prove a point" or "be political" although I certainly was here with my statement about Jonathan Pollard.
I just want to make beautiful things that make people feel good and make me feel good and avoid the therapists chair. Oh and of course have fun while doing it.
Here is the cover with a piece of my hand dyed shibori silk:

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Diary of a fiber artist in Israel


BS"D Life in Israel is beautiful. But to an American who struggles with the language and doesn't drive, it can be very challenging to fulfill my creative needs. Art supplies are a constant source of frustration because the lack of knowledge of where to buy and the wild goose chase to get them if I find what I need.
Everyday I am finding new things I could use for my art, I guess this is life. I get so frustrated that I cant buy these things. Everything has to be brought by someone in the States when they visit. This is very challenging for me.

I am still waiting for a new camera. I have work that I want to put up but cannot. I am also frustrated from this.
The pictures are of beautiful Netanya on the Mediterranean coast.

Monday, May 14, 2007

On broken things and flickr....

Wow! They say when it rains it pours, so true. First my lovely 4 year old whom I love dearly is a very curious type. He wants to know how everything works and likes to dismantle just about anything. Including my printer! So that's in need of repair.

Next thing the CD writer on my computer. It wont even read the discs. New one of those!
Then my camera was thrown to the floor in a fit of pre- school rage, that took care of the camera!

And I am paralyzed with out them. I wish I had money to throw around every time my son and his WMD's broke something but usually it just sit there until I complain enough. Then we talk about it, I get hopeful, then it sits there, broken, for some time longer.

Since this involves my work though I'm hoping it wont take too long to fix.

I am very involved with flickr.com. It's the best site I've seen to display and view completed works and WIP's in portfolio fashion. I feel like I'm back in art school and am totally loving it.
I am also motivated an inspired by other portfolios. So to not be ale to add pictures is really disappointing. G-d grant me the strength to accept the things I cannot change.....

Lotus square pattern



Now available on the blog! Finally no more e-mail complications!!!
Please respect copywrite as this is my own pattern!!!!
Thanks!



Materials:
WW yarn in 4 colors
4.5 mm aluminum hook

Size :17 cm sq.

With CA Ch 4 join to make a loop.

Rnd 1 Ch 3 work 15 dc in the ring (16dc) join at top of ch3. fasten off CA

Rnd 2 Join CB Ch3 2dc cl * Ch 3, 3 dc cl (see below) in each dc around (16 dc cl). Fasten off CB.

3Dc cl : YO insert hook into dc, YO draw through two loops, YO insert hook into same dc Yo draw through 2 loops, YO insert back again into same dc, YO draw through two loops, YO draw through 2 loops, YO draw through all 3 loops on hook.
Cluster made.

Rnd 3 Join CC in any ch 3 sp Ch 3, sc, dc all in same ch3 sp, *in next ch 3 sp sc, dc, sc. In next ch3 sp dc, sc, dc around. Join w sl st in top of ch 3.

Rnd 4 sl st in to of sc (in dc, sc, dc, cluster – ie. in the middle stitch of the three)
Ch 3 dc twice in same sc * Ch 3, sk 2 st 3 dc in next dc, ch 3 sk 2 st 3 dc in next sc*
Repeat from* around. Join. Fasten off CC.

Rnd 5 Join CD in any Ch3 sp 2sc, spl tr (see below), 2sc all in same ch 3 space.
*2sc, spl tr, 2 sc* working pattern around (16). Fasten off CD


Spl Tr = split treble
YO hook 2X insert hook into sk st (to the right) in rnd 4 below ( you have 2 and both will be worked here) YO, pull through 2 loops, YO insert hook into next sk st, YO, draw through 2 loops, YO dr through 2 loops, YO draw through 2 loops.


Rnd 6 Join CA in any spl tr, *sc, ch 4, sc* around. Sl st in top of beg sc.

Rnd 7 Ch 4 6 tr in ch4 sp (7 tr for corner), *5 dc in next ch 4 sp, 4 hdc in next ch 4 sp, 5 dc in next ch 4 sp, 7 tr in next ch 4 sp* repeat 3 more times and join at top of ch 4 at corner.

Rnd 8 sc in next 3 tr, 2 hdc in corner tr, ch 2, 2 hdc in same tr. *Sc to next corner, 2hdc, ch 2 2 hdc in 4th tr corner* repeat from * around. Join w sl st. Weave in ends.

Copyright Terms:
Feel free to use for private use and if you sell work from this pattern please include my name as “Pattern © Bina Eisenberg 2007” with the item.
Do not publish this pattern on the web or any where in written material without express written permission of Bina Eisenberg. I can be contacted at this blog . Also if you should find mistakes e-mail me. Changing a stitch or changing colors does not make the work your “original” design.
Thank you,
Bina

My Flickr photos

Hello!
What a beautiful day to day as I sit here trying to make this blog with my 8 month old son getting into everything. It's difficult to say the least.
Just wanted to take the opportunity to post my URL to view my work and will also find it here.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jewish_art_chic/
Thanks for looking and please make comments.