My camping stool has lost one of the structural screws and kept sinking at funny angles as I tried to sketch. The result is a vagueness due to the multiple view points as I sank slowly ever lower and the desperate need for speed. I was trying to keep that notion of suggestion rather than fact in the textiles but it has ended up with greater clarity and detail!
The photo sequence shows the emergence of the silver birch tree- from crude blocks of fabric ( these were a real primrose yellow!), the breaking down of the blocks, adding more brighter green fabric, gold organza and of course layers of stitching, mostly in variegated green rayon but also in thicker acid green cotton.
The question I have is how to control the finish quality. I get to the composition and colour that I want before I get to the level of stitching. I feel the results are often left cruder than I would like but I don’t want the slickness that more layers would give. This section conveys all that I want, the directional stitching tell the tale of the pathway, the flat grass either side and then the verticals under the trees,
but does it go far enough, or too far? I like structure but I want surfaces and colour. Being ‘like a photograph’ rates very low. This is too photographic or am I just too familiar with it? More or less stitching?, more or less fabric peices? more or less picture?
Probably time for answers on a postcard please.