This is the life cycle of a large piece of machine embroidery. It began early last year. But only got going in the autumn, therefore has no oilseed rape. And the hills have grown, and the farm buildings were taken down by the developers, and……
Sketched in situ – should have taken a rubber. Under painting with dye and ink, trying it wrapped around the stretcher (120 x 40 cm! ),then happy sloshing time in the garden – dilute ink/dye and coffee/tea stain and lots of water. Left it out for a day or two. Lastly, drying on the hall floor, so completely in the way.
Can’t find the early textile photos. Layers of gauze and stitched lines suggest the landscape. The trees are more complex – ( last week’s slideshow!)
At this point it is nearly finished, but not quite near enough. There is balancing to do, adding, and taking away. Hard to stop this becoming fiddling.
Tweaking is fine, but no one likes a fiddler.
Spot the new (deliberate) holes! Might even see the extra orange by the trees, and the deeper tones in the landscape. I do like this section the best, but it does make the rest look out of focus. Might be a good thing! The two on the right are the back. Again really like the tree section.
And the finished article – not yet stretched onto the frame but at least it is pressed.
Haven’t settled on a title yet, so is known to its friends as The Big Beast 2.
Updating my mailing list – if you would like notices about my own workshops and exhibitions please send me a line – firstname.lastname@example.org
Exhibition at Blossom Street Gallery, York. Til 15th March 2017.
Stitchy Day. 8th March. A day workshop exploring and experimenting with freehand machining, held in my workroom, York.
York Open Studios 2017- last 2 weekends in April.