Wednesday, 1 August 2012
new work III
Everlasting - a larger embroidery artwork
Today I'm showing here a highly detailed, larger piece. 'Everlasting' started as various ideas in my sketchbook. I knew I wanted to add copper with colour, but in an understated enough way that would please my stitched figures. They know how they like to appear. Here you can see many dreaming characters, with a central character wearing an elaborate gown in orange - many tiny faces looking out. Often I stitch female figures holding a child or doll, but here I decided upon a figure with a little doll motif about her neckline. The copper stitch work catches the light just so. There are many stories to discover here. Perhaps my favourite character is the copper lady to the left, holding a long ladder. She is to me both mystic and slightly comical, and I like that in the figures that find themselves in amongst my stitches.
Everlasting - the reverse or alternate view - with this work I have decided not to add a backing but to keep the other side. I especially like the figure with the white legs and striped skirt. The copper really glisters against the black felt. It's interesting to see the shapes in this abstract way.
And below a detail view. This larger work will be in my shop update which is on Friday. I'm not previewing everything here - so there will be surprises ahead too. But I will be back tomorrow with more to share.