Sewing My Life Together

Using a Viewfinder To Look at Something Old in a New Way

ImageI did, indeed, learn a lesson from the Landscapes book. In the back of the book, there are two viewfinders…one is a 6 x 8 inches, and the other one is 2 x 3 inches. Although the photo above looks like it is the larger one, it is not.

The book suggests looking at common objects through the view finder. So I grabbed some seashells I have lying around, and took the time to look at them. And you know what? I love what I saw (see).  The above seashell pattern provides inspiration for a piece of fabric art…if I can find the right grays, pinks, and blue-gray shades.  Here are some other ones I liked:

Seashell 3Seashell 2The author also suggested that we examine some fabric that we like through the viewfinder, so here is a not-too-exciting shot: Blue fabric Viewfinder

I notice the pattern on this blue fabric in more detail than I see when I hold a large piece of the fabric.

Then I used the larger viewfinder to examine a landscape I sewed. This was an interesting experience because before I used the viewfinder, I thought the landscape was not good enough.  But by using the viewfinder, I could find the good parts of the landscape. And I like this!

New Landscape in Viewfinder

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This entry was published on February 19, 2013 at 7:24 pm. It’s filed under Cards, Crafts, Ideas, Interests, Landscapes, Mistakes, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

One thought on “Using a Viewfinder To Look at Something Old in a New Way

  1. We had a family friend who was an artist. He
    used that trick to find his subject to paint. He said it made the painting more interesting to take one part of a view, one subject. I never thought of applying it to fabric endeavors. What a great idea!

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