Sidney’s Ties

Sidney's Ties, front

“Sidney’s Ties”, 2009

Sidney’s Ties was a commission given to me by Sidney Levy.  These were his personal ties that he used over a period of 40 years of his professional life.  The ties were woven together, then stitched, front and back.  This was the first project where I used photo transfers, a process I thoroughly enjoyed.

The piece took five months to make.  It was challenging to make it work, but all who have seen it have been duly impressed.  Beads, buttons and pearls add extra texture and glow in the light.  See my old blog for the full story.

Here are some photos of Sidney’s family that he wanted included in the piece:

I made photo transfers of them and used rouching to frame them.  The piece became heavy as it progressed.  I worked on a large piece of pink insulation board most of the time.  Process photos:

Final images:

I had the delightful pleasure of meeting Sidney in Tucson, Arizona in February of 2012.  Here we are with his daughter, Joyce, in Tubac, an art town nearby:

tubac joyce, rachel, sidney feb2012


“Sidney’s Ties” hangs in Sidney’s bedroom:

Sidney and tie textile with rachel-tucson feb2012

2 responses to “Sidney’s Ties”

  1. Diane says:

    I love this! What a great way to use his ties and photos! What a special memory piece for him!

  2. Alison Bailey Smith says:

    wonderful commission and lots of hardwork but it paid off

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