collaborative project with annarack

17 Jan

I have been exchanging mail art and quirky tweets with Anna Jane Searle for a little under a year. Anna (@annajanesearle) and I have many connections including a real love for nature, animals and texture. One day going through my piles of prints, I found 3 (somewhat) unfinished screenprints that I had intended to do something further with, but never had… The silkscreens were done on raw canvas and feature a gorgeous Yellow Headed Blackbird, in the original edition, he’s perched amongst thin brown branches:It is a 7 layer screenprint: Black, light grey, dark grey, light yellow, dark yellow, light brown & dark brown, which means I drew 7 separate drawings (stencils) for each color, then made 7 separate screens and hand printed each layer, one at a time on top of one another to end up with the final image. For some reason during the printing process, I decided not to add the final two brown layers to 3 of these prints, with intentions of using them in another project… However, that project didn’t surface until just a few months ago when I stumbled upon some of Anna’s amazing embroidery work and an idea just clicked. I asked Anna if she would be interested in collaborating on a project with me and she was thrilled by the thought. I kept my the specifics of my big idea a secret, sealed the three blackbirds inside an envelope filled with other goodies, then sent it across the pond as part of a mail art reply.  I asked Anna if she would add to these fabric prints with her embroidery, specifically requesting perches for the winged creatures. I didn’t want to dictate too much, so I left the rest up to her: the perch object, color pallet, beading, size, etc. Anna recently finished the third and final piece, and so I am thrilled to now be able to share the results of this adventurous collaboration, with you! First Anna made a lovely little brown branch with deep green leaves and lovely little crystal drops that make me think of dew. The second was a fun surprise for me, as I hadn’t really considered what other objects this adorable fellow could perch on… A lovely pastel rock that has endless textures and patterns of greens & purples, within it. Lastly she embroidered a blue-hued triangle shape that makes me think of a mountain top, a church steeple or even the roof of a house. It is the most abstract of the three pieces and the most unexpected… which is something that I love about collaborations: the beautiful unknown. Aren’t they gorgeous? Our plan with the three pieces was to keep one each and then possibly sell the remaining one… No decisions yet about which one is staying where, but honestly they are all so gorgeous that I don’t think either of us will be disappointed with whichever one we get. What do you think of this collaboration? Your reactions and comments are always welcome!

10 Responses to “collaborative project with annarack”

  1. Angie 17/01/2012 at 08:10 #

    Such beautiful beading!! It looks like that took a long time.

  2. garden2day 17/01/2012 at 08:41 #

    These are beautiful! This was a great project for the two of you.

  3. Anna Jane Searle 17/01/2012 at 08:53 #

    This is my first ever collaboration and I had such fun embroidering them. I wanted to make each one totally different by colour and shape. I always kept in mind the colours of the blackbird and making sure my choice of colours sat well within this. I actually wondered about the printing process as I knew you would have done many screens in order to make this little fella. Print and embroidery marry so well together. This project has got me back into the swing of sewing and now I want to do even more. I really look forward to another collaboration with you one day :)

  4. Rhya 17/01/2012 at 09:24 #

    omg omg amazing!

  5. Carol | @imsilverfeather 17/01/2012 at 13:24 #

    Hi ladies, these are so beautiful. I just love everything about it, the very realistic rendering of the bird and the whimsical perches that Anna provided for them. So awesome and inspiring.
    I need to get out my needlework piece from three years ago!
    We have to do a collab one day, Jessica.

  6. The Second Magpie 17/01/2012 at 19:09 #

    I loved this so much when I saw Anna start blogging about her progress with it. The details just make me want to whip out my screens and then my thread….though I don’t sew quite so well as that, but I can dream! I hope you both collaborate again, it obviously suits you!

  7. Jeannine | SaylorMade 18/01/2012 at 15:08 #

    These are really, really beautiful! Well done, both of you.

  8. kimi 16/10/2012 at 22:05 #

    I can’t believe I missed this before! Love this collaboration from two of my favorite artists!


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