The tangles hold us close...framed original...
The tangles hold us close...framed original...
The tangles hold us close...framed original...
Colleen Attara Studio

The tangles hold us close...framed original...

Regular price $2,200.00 $0.00

“The tangles hold us close...".

Shadow threads canvas...they started right here with this very piece. 

This hangs in my studio and each time I go to create a new one, I look at it.  Sometimes we get something right the first time.  It just comes out so pure...and as your heart intends it.  This is that piece.  I will never create another like this one.  I know that because I have tried. I did this piece in 2016...and I have hung on tightly to it.   

I wrote the words thinking of my family and friends and how it is the tangles that hold us all close...the mess, the sticky stuff that we work our way through.

We need all of that to get to the parts of us that are real...and it is that very process that keeps us close.  We need all the tangles.  This means so much for me personally as this is my journey. Maybe it is yours too.

This mixed media piece was created using thread, paste, watercolor, ink, ephemera, and whatever was calling to me from my studio desk. 


These are often where the words appear to me first.

This original 9" x 25" x 2". stitched painting is ready to ship.

© Colleen Attara Studio.

These questions sometimes arise...

What unit of measure do you use?

All product measurements are listed in inches.

What is the "small word add-on?"

The small word add-on allows you to add an additional small (6-8") cardboard or plastic word to your order. The small word will be the same as your large word.

How do I hang the salvaged words?

I use the little foam squares from AC Moore or similar craft stores. They fit perfectly behind the words and also add a great dimension. They do not harm paint. In my studio I have some that have been up for years.

I also love to lean the words...over a doorway, a window, or on top of a picture. The dinner table is a favorite place of mine. I use clear squares if I hang the words on a mirror.

Can salvaged words be outside?

The salvaged plexi words can, yes! And they float in water. The last little words are salvaged cardboard and should be kept indoors.

I want a word I do not see on your website. Can you make it for me?

Oh yes. You can order that right here.

I have a phrase I would like made. Can you do that?

Happily. Just email me directly.

When will I receive my order?

Prints will ship out in 1 to 2 business days. Hand-scripted words ship within a week. Custom orders (e.g., Your Word and Your Name) will be processed in 1 - 3 weeks.

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Do you ship internationally?

Yes...a whole bunch. Please expect delivery to take longer than noted above as packages will be making their way across mountains, sand, or sea.

What about refunds and exchanges?

If an order arrived damaged due to shipping, please contact me.

Where can I see/buy your work in person?

You’ll find my environmentally friendly artwork in healing spaces and private collections across North America and Europe, as well as in galleries and shops in the Northeast United States. Take a peek at my portfolio, browse the shop, join me at an event, and share in my creative process.

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