A beautiful spool of thread and needle
sculpture for Love to Sew Studio, created by Amanda Morton, who is a
welder by trade.
Amanda, a friend of my
brother's, had been to my house a few times for holiday dinners before
she finally had the chance to check-out
our sewing studio. As soon as
she saw the walls lined with colorful fabrics, jars of buttons and
ribbons, and sewing machines, she was hooked! The last time she had
sewed was to make a pillow in middle school Home Ec. class. A creative
and active person, Amanda had been eager to learn how to sew and make
textile art for a long time. So, once she saw the studio--and the projects
on display and half-finished--she
was inspired enough to become a student here at Love to Sew.
this, we had asked questions about our different interest in art: mine
obviously lies with fabrics and creating crafts, quilts, and garments,
while Amanda works with metal art. I was very interested in what could
be done with metal and the process of making various objects. It all
seemed a little dangerous to me. Since my brother is also a welder I can
remember numerous times he was hospitalized for work related accidents
(like being injured by shards of metal). I tend to stay away from heavy
machines like that and working on projects that require face-masks and
fire. Even saws scare me a little.
During one of our conversations I ask Amanda if she could make me
a small sewing-inspired garden sculpture. I told her how welding seemed
to be a new trend at craft shows and fairs and how local, self-taught
artists were incorporating metal art in unique ways, like recycling junk
yard pieces and welding sculptures from that, or incorporating metal
with traditional fabric art in home decor pieces. I suggested a pair of
scissors, a spool of thread, or a dress or mannequin sculpture. My idea
was on a very minor scale: a two-dimensional shape with a stick to put
in the earth.
Amanda kept her project secret, and as time went on she became more and
more creative with it. I was shocked on Thanksgiving day when she
dropped of my gift! Just look at the fine detail and craftsmanship on
this piece of metal art. I love it! It's perfect in every way: the size,
the colors, the wording, and of course the hard work, time, and effort
she put into making it.
This remarkable piece is so unique to the
studio, and I feel like it is too good to put outside, but that is
where it's home is, right at my entrance to the studio welcoming my
students. I can't wait to surround it with pink and white flowers in the
spring and summer time. I am very proud of my brother and Amanda for
making this for me. I know it took a lot of time and patience to finish
this project. I display it with pride at the entrance of my studio and all
of our students have noticed and complimented it.
Here I am with the
beautiful spool of thread and needle sculpture
art Amanda made me.