Yup. Annoying, painful, niggling, just has to be dealt with before moving on.
Meet Wold and Vale – the latest offering from House of Brammer ( or at least – Cluttered Workroom of ‘Er on the Corner).
This caused some real heart ache. I completely lost the vision and faith in that vision. It became a mess – bitty, dirty, un-everything, in fact the total focus of a major grump.
Now I nearly like it, some days. It has been cut about, dyed, abandoned, rained on, bullied, brutalised, and now it is plucked, preened and pressed. It hasn’t the clarity I wanted initially but has something else that I haven’t defined yet. The all over composition doesn’t have the theatrical space that I usually build in – something I have been experimenting with this year. Some look askance when I say that linear perspective is an easy composition device, but working without those zooming lines and focal points, or even a defined picture, is still a struggle. I look back to those happy days of abstract painting and collage, I wish I had kept that brain and not swapped it for one that now sees pictures.
The stages of making are in the slide show- click on them for brief captions, play spot the sequins.
The surface on this one is delicate due to the extreme plucking , see detail pics, so it will have to be under glass ( didn’t stop me hoovering it to pick of the stray fibres though….)
Usual questions – do I take it further? Make it more pictorial? Too obvious- Is this piece really only a background? I think frame it as is but have a rework as an option – so leave on the surplus fabric and plonk it in a frame (sorry- carefully stabilise and place carefully in an entirely enchanting mount and frame).
Just another day in textiles land –