I am an experienced and effective tutor of art and textiles as well as exhibiting artist. I am. I have spaces in Wednesday evening and Friday morning classes – all levels and stages of experience and aspiration are welcome to come to play and enjoy creative textiles. Please contact either through email (on right) or the comments if interested. There will be coffee and tea, but I have already eaten the biscuit stash, (marketing not a strong point). I thought I would get this out of the way before anyone reads the rest of it……
Well the Fairly Large Beastie with Sprouts is steaming along, nearly all of the base sewing is done and some places have multiple layers of work on them. This is where it gets difficult – there is a huge investment of time and effort in there and it is going from the experimental building phase to the consolidation phase. Now I have to weld it all together, make those early decisions good and work upon the thing as a whole.
The stitching on the hills is the point of no return – so far a light varigated and a dull mid blue on the far left slopes. Still don’t like it – too flat and contrived. The treeline has more stitch in it, working in blocks of hatching like the original sketch – might leave the trees behind as they are – very crude and sketchy.
The right is better – closer to the experimental rough work – but I still have to be brave and commit to working on the road way. There are just too many niggly decisions attached to all the areas. What I want is to take alot of that green paint out – it flattens and homogenises now that I’m trying for subtle.
I may be drastic, it may be bold, or it may be stupid: tell you afterwards. The inking option is about to be realised. This is a bit derring do – sink or swim- in my best tradition.
Always was going to play with wet colour in the top half – blooms and runs of ink/stain washed and scrubbed into the fabric. Its time has come – the stark flatness of the calico is distracting and killing the subtle stitching done in the tree line. Will this be tightly controlled and considered? Of course not, what a daft question. It is going to be -do it and pray, then do some more, have a coffee, start thinking about bleach, rinse off in the shower and worry about the how and where of drying later. It is a cold, dank and damp day so not happening outside – this will be attacked flat on the biggest table and apologise to the carpet afterwards ( I think of the splashes and drips as honourable battle scars). I just hope I have some inky stuff hiding upstairs. Should press it and de-whisker it first. Why is everything so complicated?
Probably not my brightest idea. Definitely not, but I can not bear working on something that is going flat and predictable on me. Deciding not to use big, blank spaces in the composition – which twit advised that? Umm, me.
Please do not call round today – it may be dangerous.