I’ve almost finished Flowerpecker, a hanging with eight elements, which will be attached together and hung as one piece. I laid these pieces down in summer last year, and stitched and mounted them last week in an intensive period of work, because I want them finished, mainly so I can get on and start something new. They are mounted on Khadi paper, and you can see one of them below.
I’ve been working fairly non stop on a lot of work that has been on the go for some time, as last year I developed the unfortunate habit of starting lots of work and then piling it into neat heaps, to be continued. I really need some parallel time to finish all of it, but, this piece is practically there, just one last bit of it to be stitched and mounted, and only the edges of the others to be finished [that WILL be done today…]
Each element is 50 cm x 50 cm. I’ve used a mix of painted and printed cotton, digitally printed fabric and metallic fabrics on black felt. The emphasis is on pattern, shape and the use of space, as well as a bright but defined colour palette.
I usually use quite a small range of stitches on my machine, but decided to use a couple of different stitches in this collection of work.
The pieces were quite minimal when I laid them down, but once the stitching started, well, minimalism went out of the window. That is one of the many reasons I love a rain forest theme, it invites overload, experimentation and investigation.
The finished piece will be at the Festival of Quilts in August.
I was hoping to gaze out of the window to draw some preliminary sketches of the garden, as a start to my next project, but like most of the country, the garden has disappeared under quite a lot of snow. Could be some nice shapes in there though.
But I want a brighter and more varied palette of colour. I have been thinking for some time about using a combination of media, including thermofax screen printing, fabric, papers and coloured pencils, on paper. I also have some recycled photographs I want to cut up and use.
A recent gift of some Derwent drawing pencils, wax based, in rich and subtle colours, from my daughter, has really now prompted me to absolutely get going.
So, off to finish Flowerpecker, then when I’m home from the dentist tomorrow, I’ll be experimenting with this little lot.