Express yourself with Designer Carol Wiebe's stencils
and let your stories manifest.
Enjoy are Carol's stencil stories:
The Sacred Feminine and Being Stitched
We like to say when we find something hilarious, that it has us in stitches. Humor and our most profound feelings are intimately related. We need depth to entertain both.
The sacred feminine stencils were created out of a need to express the feminine in a way that honored it, and which offered a few symbols that might be applied to a page to further such an expression. Every woman has her own beliefs in what is sacred—it is a supremely personal expression. The moon, birds, spirals, and triangles (in this case forming diamonds and a goddess’ eye (more traditionally called a god’s eye, but I do not feel obligated to represent what is traditional).
Let me tell you how I feel about the Stitched Stencils:
First, women have a LONG history of stitch work: quilting, embroidery, mending.
Second, to elaborate on mending, we can mend socks, but we can also mend our own hearts and minds, both with stitch and as we stitch.
Third, when someone is injured they go to get stitches, to get stitched up. There is that healing aspect again.
Fourth, many are adding stitching to their journals and mixed media work. I love the earthy sound of the word stitch. It is short and to the point. It rhymes with a word every woman has probably been called sometime in her life.
In other words, I love the title "Stitched." And these stencils come from work I have now stitched on, literally, for hundreds of hours! It represents the many little fabric shapes I have stitched together. I call it NYTE work (Not Your Traditional Embroidery)
I warmed up with all these stencils by applying them to some of the backgrounds I had painted in an art journal.
Here, There and Everywhere Art Journal
|Sacred Feminine Stencil, S539|
|Sacred Feminine Winged Figure Stencil, S538|
The accordion book, Sacred Elements, depicts the elements of Earth, Fire, Water, and Air within the skirts of the goddess, with a more ephemeral goddess representing Spirit in the middle. I have used the Stitched stencils in the backgrounds of these figures.
Bruised Goddess: Sacred Cards and Box
I painted a box, and the card faces, in the colors of bruises. We all bear our bruises in life, our wounds, and I wanted to show that the sacred feminine offers understanding and healing to us.
I hope you have enjoyed this reveal and the number of ways I have played with these stencils to illustrate my artistic processes. I now pass the baton on to you, and assure you that I will be looking for your results, should you do me the honor of choosing some of these stencils to use within your own work.
May the sacred feminine be with you, and may you stitch your wounds as you practice your own creativity.