I live in Hawaii where I am a designer and teacher. I am a member of the Hawaii Fiber Arts and Stitchery Guild and am a past President.
Before moving here 10 years ago, I was a founding member of the Fiber Arts Guild of Texas.
Shows featuring my Art include
Galleries of Houston, the famous Fairfield wearable art show, a touring exhibit in Japan and Switzerland. Also in New Zealand and Australia Gallery exhibits of my textiles and Japanese indigo dyed garments and wall panels.
Some of the Awards I have won feature my stitchery and textile painting. They include RibbonWorks Magazine, and Quilt Festival Houston.
I love color, and beautiful images and designs. I try to make my art reflect my romantic side and love of nature. The ocean and trees inspire me, and in Hawaii I use the hues of nature that surround me and the textures and layers of the mountains just behind my home.
Lilla Le Vine
My methods are varied but to try and make generic. I start with an idea and color. Those two always. Never design anything ahead of time with pencil and paper. Just put a bunch of pictures from my scrapbook and lots of
fabric, threads, beads and embellishments that co-ordinate onto my work table.
Then I sort of 'free associate' and almost dream up my project. If I think too hard it is driven away. I tip things onto my design randomly and move them around so they please me. To help in this very looseprocess, I keep lots of baggies of dyed lace and threads and pictures that seem to enhance each other. e.g. I have a big bag of ocean things, dyed silk, pieces of netting, plastic sea critters, hand dyed ribbon, shells and beads.
I dye most of my fabrics and ribbons and print a lot from my computer. Also paint backgrounds. I use acrylic paint for all artwork, colored nail polish for changing beads and to dye fabric I use Rit dye, food coloring and anything that has color. Tea and coffee I use to overdye and mute the colors.
To stitch my art, I use both machine and hand stitching. I like to draw
with my needle on the machine and to use metallic threads.
My hand embroidery is often done with textured threads, hand couched on
or I use chain and stem stitch a lot. I also like to use silk ribbon and try
to work loosely with it to give a 3D appearance.
Aloha Lilla . July 03