spring in process

April 2, 2010

More contemplative work.  The “Spring” tapestry is progressing as spring awakens here in the desert.

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Embroidery in silk, linen, and cotton on West African cotton batik.

I was interested in the instant that all is suddenly suspended in ice, the deep night, and the brilliance of the moon on snow.  All the seeds, twigs, leaves and pods now wait in anticipation of spring.

I dyed some threads specifically for this work to add nuance to the palette.

Thread

January 2, 2010

Dyeing threads today.  The weather is sunny and warm, so I worked outside.  I ended up with too many greens and blues, so I will have to have another dyeing session to create a complete palette.

progress

January 2, 2010

Worked in different shades of black today, with linen, silk, and cotton to define the internal world of the hibernating seed pod. Made a change from the seven or eight shades of white threads I have been using. 

Ice Storm

January 1, 2010

Another tapestry!  Work in progress…..interpreting leaves, twigs, seed pods suspended in ice…snow….night.  Stitched on hand-dyed fabric from Mali, using cotton, linen, silk threads, some hand-dyed with tumeric, green tea, and procion dyes…….

chronologically….

sketching on the fabric with thread, and beginning to build up the surface with the first stitches.

meditating on deep winter, living in the desert.  It actually has been quite cold, and there is snow on the mountains.

still stitching……..

still thinking of winter.

Tapestry, unfinished

January 1, 2010

Stream of Consciousness Embroidery

Embroidery is a simple art.  It asks me to slow down and focus on a very small space for a long while, which is the opposite of much of my life which requires me to focus on lots of large things in a tiny time space. 

Lots of tiny knots with hand-dyed thread.  Maybe a bit obsessive?