A May Queen - larger embroidery artwork
This is a piece I've been working on for the past ten days or so, it is so very detailed I have worked on an area at a time, wishing to create a harmonious whole scene.... My starting point for this work was the folklore of May Queens and the rituals of English maypoles and spring time..... I wanted to make nods and hints at, whilst keeping my own style and way of visual storytelling. Here are dreaming characters in their elaborate worlds of mystery, history and memory. Once I had begun starting on the main figure, I knew she would have colour but that the backdrop would be in black stitch only - so as to give a timeless quality, as if she may be standing in front of pictures, or perhaps she has the echoes of time around her.....
Indeed, even her flowers are 'drawings' rather than 'real' or colourful flowers - for they are symbolic of her time and story. The May Queen wears a gown of blue shades and white. Many tiny dancing stitches went into this whole piece. The mother of pearl buttons add something more, a little light and reflection. I think this work would be lovely framed in a deep box frame, perhaps.
A May Queen will be in my shop tomorrow, along with a few other new works.
Hope your week is going well, it is very rainy and blustery here - it hardly stops raining at all. Hoping for blue skies soon..... hope it's not too wet and cold where you are.