Friday, July 06, 2007
Forest Quilt Taking Shape
The bottom photo is the view I see daily form my workroom. It is a bit deceptive because immediately behind the trees is the road we live on, which is dirt and creates billows of dust when its dry, and which invades every corner of the house. However from my room I can't see the road- and when I get lost I just stare out into the space. I think I must have stared out into this space for about 7 years before I actually found a way that I could somehow visually/materially produce the feeling that the view engenders in me.It is particularly lovely on a sunny day as the sun sets just a little to the right and the trees and foliage becomes all golden- it is as if you are far away from anywhere with not another soul in sight.I wanted to produce that feeling of distance and getting lost and actually found dyeing was the best way to do it. I had always thought of dyeing as a way to colour , and don't especially enjoy "painting" the cloth as such, though I have done it from time to time ( I do like printing but that is a different thing to me)- I like the randomness of the dye taking and the surprises it produces- though there is a little bit of control in the process.
I did a lot of stitching today- about 16 bobbins worth- and there is still a lot to go. The foliage at the top is very heavily stitched.