Not much mileage yet, but ideas and prep are in train. I shall claim to have been distracted by a visit to Croome Court, Worcestershire , and Grayson Perry’s Battle of Britain and Landscape tapestries. His work is always worth a look, these were impressive, detailed and full of quirky character.
I am still not entirely sure that these are finished, they are loosely placed in raw frames, just to get an impression. They are not as I had thought initially or planned initially, mostly because of the quality of the velvet, as a colour, and as a surface.
In garden III there will be less velvet, more spaces, and a more simplistic approach.
The hold up is waiting for the velvet to dry after last minute dyeing. It has a denser and longer pile than before and was originally a plush golden beigey browny non colour, and is now a lustrous beigey olivey green with a bit of a bed-head nap.
It will be based on this sketch from the parents’ garden. And to be awkward I might try this old sample of embroidery. Current plan – loosely applique the velvet to the base- underlying the hedge and flower areas. Probably patched to get different directions of nap. Dense cross hatching on the hedge. Then lines describing the foliage and flowers will be in a dark neutral and colour and details will follow.
How much will be as expected? Hmm…
Don’t forget the upcoming York Textile Artists exhibition, “Wild About Textiles” , in Knaresborough. Preview on 28th and then it runs until the 19th of July. Should be great fun, it is a very friendly gallery and a beautiful historic space.