Habitual Habitat of the Amy

I kept reading advice columns for how to bring sales to your etsy shop, and one thing they all said is to get a blog.

I can't say this blog has boosted my etsy sales, but it has given me yet another outlet for talking about myself, and that can't be bad--can it?

The direct link to the Etsy shop is HERE

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Look Familiar?

This tapestry has a bit of a history.  Let's see...

Back in college I worked in the Art History Slide Library where I refiled slides that were pulled for art history lectures.  It was about as fun as you're imagining, yeah.  But when there weren't slides to refile I had a few other projects to work on.  One of which was to re-label all the poorly labeled non-western ancient art slides. 

This was not as easy as it sounds because whoever labeled them before me could not write.  Seriously.  I had to do a lot of guess work for what the slides actually said, and I still feel guilty about the fact that I'd misread (and then mis-re-labeled) all the Japanese 'Moromashi' period slides to be 'Mordmashi.' A mistake I only realized long after I'd relabeled and refiled all the slides in that collection.

I'm sure the next person to work in the slide library and/or professor to teach Japanese art thinks I'm an utter idiot, but the true blame lies with whomever went before me.

Anyway, I ended up looking at a lot of Japanese art while I was doing this re-labeling stuff, and I thought it might be fun to play with subtle color differences and do a landscape scroll.  I couldn't find a good one to base my image off of, so I went with this garden instead.

In looking at it, you may notice that there is a lot of blank space up near the top.  It was nine rows of nothing followed by I-didn't-count-how-many rows of almost nothing.  However there are now more than nine rows of nothing on the top of this tapestry.

This is because there used to be a really, truly, horribly horrible hummingbird hovering above the garden.  It was...an eyesore and had a direct relation to my desire to sell this tapestry.  Although I couldn't try to sell the tapestry with the bird still intact, so I cut it out and replaced it with plain beads, which was a tedious and lightly frustrating process. 

You can still see a ghost of the hummingbird if you hold the tapestry up to the light, since the beads around where it used to be were sewn through with thread so many times.  I don't regret removing the bloody bird, but I sure as hell regret including it in the first place.

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