So Ronald is done. He has spent most of the week just hanging around, getting pressed, and re-pressed. An occasional stitch or two just to tweak, but I have bought the curtain interlining which will give a bit of body, and the calico to back it all with. Since plucking most of the stitch-n-tear off it it hanging more naturally but my finger ends are still numb.
I am still suprised at how little was needed to make him. It was all immediate, decide and do. He is one of the quickest large scale pieces and the friendliest. This post is largely a pictorial record of him.
- Ronald context – the sketch, record photos and also past birching efforts in a variety of media. I think that Ronald is a child of the painted scarves, all about direct markmaking and limited colour palette.
2. Early Ronald. Splash and dribble background, and stitch patterns. Can I convince you that the drawn plans happened before the stitching on the actual piece?
3. Mid Ronalds – the red is dressmaker’s chalk – on big pieces I find it easier to navigate my way around the image when it is folded or rolled to go through the machine. It will fade over time but I don’t mind Ronald’s history making showing. Again can you believe that the compositional sketch happened before starting.
Ronald – before final finishing. This still leaves me with a massive problem – what should he be called officially? Do I want to have everyone on first name terms ? or to have to explain repeatedly why he is a Ronald – besides which he is pretty feminine – should there be gender reassignment before his first public appearance?
My usual practice is to name after locations or just be very factual – ‘Birch, Skipwith Common’- lacks a certain charm or warmth. ‘Squeaky Tree’? ‘Summer Birch’, ‘Sitting In The Woods Getting Rained On’? or ‘Oh Look! It’s A Tree!’ I just can not decide…… Any ideas?