Landscape stones are go -ish!
I do like these, they feel right. Forming and deforming to fit a 3d form – it does feel like creating landscapes. And it does feel like those rolling hilltops, the field patterns and plough marks.
The fabrics are getting flimsier, stitching is getting more descriptive rather than pretty. I’ve enjoyed playing with surfaces – smearing thick paint into all of those little places and rubbing and rubbing. The last stone I decided to strip the fabric off – this is after about 3 hrs of stitch, then painting and drying- and then had to break the fabric to lay it flat again. WHY! Took ages to free the fabric ‘skin’ as the paint had acted like a glue and also made the fabric more rigid, So still why? playing with that flat-to-3d form idea, wanting to see how the patterns that were a response to the individual stone, could work without the stone. Hope that makes sense. I guess I have always been fascinated by that kind of transition, and that 3d makes me want to touch to ‘see’ it properly, while 2d I just look at, so the transition may be in my understanding and response.
I am toying with extending the stitch marks- may be quilting, or at least stitching outwards trying to match the different qualities of the stone stitches – contrasting with machine stitch might help or hinder….
Tried putting it on a textured landscape sample – similar colour- this could be another route or too muchy muchy samey samey.
Want to rub in more paint, and more paint (the Latex Gloves of Clamminess) how about graphite powder…….powdered pigment? looks like an aerial photograph….. keep focus on the little details, keep monochrome? too many ideas, not enough biscuits.
Sanity may suffer.
Remember to check out the classes and workshops- and if local, Bridget Bernadette Karn is exhibiting in the cemetery chapel first weekend in June – worth a look.