I set myself a task of reworking ( repurposing?) an experimental piece I found lurking in the deepest, darkest cupboard. It must be at least be of an age to be taking exams and leaving school for an exciting future – well, it got me and my rotary cutter.
Carrying on with this compromised landscape theme of imposed divisions, patterns and shapes being distorted by having to fit onto an imperfect surface, it seemed appropriate to play over the top of this discarded piece.
It was sliced and diced totally arbitrarily into 3″ish pieces and patterns and lines from the current sketchbook worked over the top. The images are from Great Fryupdale and Rosedale on the North York Moors.(and yes, they are real names). The level of aesthetic consideration and planning was kept to a minimum – after all most landscapes are the result of practical and pragmatic decisions. Some I think have worked well – they retain an element of landscape, others are more abstract, some have all the charm of the Vale of York on a cold and soggy Sunday. At this scale the stitching often feels crude and working over the mixed layers of flimsy synthetic sheers and net was a bit of a nightmare – no wonder I shifted onto heavier fabrics.
These are going to be presented as greeting cards rather than get reassembled, so may achieve that exciting future after all, as they spread far and wide.
Please check the workshops page or website for the next classes – the next, Colour, is fully booked but there are spaces after that.
Do make a space in your diary for the York Textile Artists exhibition in November, and I have taken an opportunity to stand in a hut in the middle of Middlesborough 2 Sundays in December selling my wares, so please come along if you can.