This is the culprit. A synthetic shot organza. Its crime? To lure me away from the focussed effort to a world of ‘ ooohhh, I wonder …….what if……. could I’s. It also managed to invade all the interesting little crevices and holes on the sewing machine’s needle plate and bobbin mechanisms. But am I holding a grudge? Yep. 2 days with tweezers and a stiff brush later, I am not only holding a grudge but nurturing it too. Moral of the story – destruct testing of processes and materials can get messy.
There are 2 experimental pieces that have survived, (I have taken 2 photos of each trying to show how the colours and transparency change if viewed from different angles)- both are worked over existing oil paintings. The canvas was prised off the stretcher, stitched and then reassembled. This time I worked with the image, layering various colours of this fabric and chiffons and silk fibre with stitching over. As usual I am not totally convinced, the shifting colour is beguiling, the muting effect on the painting is subtle but there is more that needs to happen and I am not yet sure what. The fabric seems an after thought, an embellishment, not truly part of the image making process. There is a more abstract canvas still on the windowsill waiting its turn……need inspiration.