Mint Shake, Art Piece # 97 is the second of fourteen items I produced while attending the May, 2019 Susan Lenz class at Woodland Ridge Retreat. All of the items were small in nature and thus the reason for my productivity.
Art Piece # 97, just as with my first Susan Lenz product, utilized polyester stretch velvet and heat. The heat helped to both fuse and melt prescribed areas.
To embellish my art piece I added free-motion quilting along with numerous hand-applied stitches; their addition helped to add interest and pizazz. Using Susan’s methods to create art was very different from any other I had ever attempted, let alone imagined. While I am happy to add this masterpiece to my portfolio, the process of heating polyester stretch velvet to alter the appearance of the fibers will not be added to my regular repertoire.
The four outer edges of Mint Shake have been surrounded with a black border. Artistically applied rows of stitching were used to give the solid black fabric flair. The raw edges of the black border have been secured with facings. Art Piece # 97: Mint Shake measures 7 3/4” x 9 3/4”. This item is for sale.art,
Interested in the origin of Mint Shake’s name? Elements within my art pieces often provide the inspiration. In this case the mint green velvet was the catalyst.
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9 thoughts on “Art Piece 97: Mint Shake”
That is a brilliant piece!
About that melted polyester — I also prefer to work with soft, natural fibres. But then, one would not get the striking effect that you have in this piece.
Thank you for your compliment! My objection was to the extreme odor and the concern for my exposure to the chemicals released by the melting as well as the impact on our environment. I am thrilled with the outcome. 😊
Nice piece. Did you melt the polyester with a heat gun or some other tool?
I understand about not using a new technique after trying it out…but what you produced is quite effective.
BTW: the use of heat/melting fabrics brings to mind my first time ironing a favorite polyester dance dress back in the day…not a good memory.
I think I can imagine your disappointment. Thank you for sharing and for your kind thoughts! Your participation is very much appreciated. 🤗