Okay, I cannot quit thinking about this Heifer thing. I accomplished absolutely nothing last night because my brain was on overdrive, and my body had to just sit there and fidgit.
I had an idea to use ethnic textiles, but I'm having trouble locating them on line. So if you know of a good source (I need Asian, African, and Latin American), please give me a heads-up. If I must, I can use handmade papers from those regions, but textiles would make me so happy.
I found a design on Nichole Heady's blog, Capture the Moment, that I think could work with some adjustments and adaptations. (Okay, I'm planning to steal it shamelessly.) And I stopped by Annie's last night to see her latest experiment--which is totally fabulous, of course, and involves watercolor, heat embossing, and machine stitching--and picked up some more ideas. That girl is an idea fountain. In about five seconds she sketched out two design suggestions that totally rock. So I'm stealing them, too.
I could not go to sleep last night for going over the construction details in my head. If I stitch across here, how will I cover the ends of the thread? If I use a longer background piece, how will I disguise the adhesive? Should I deckle the edges, or will that increase the production time too much? Ditto for inking a shadow. My brain would not shut up. (Can you tell I'm excited?) I ended up taking some Nyquil at midnight in hopes of getting a few hours' sleep. I'm exhausted today, but I can't wait for my lunch hour so I can get over to Art Outfitters and see what kind of imported papers they have in stock.
This is not even close to what I expected my life and interests to be like in my mid-fifties. But I like it.