blue in progress

February 4, 2010

Experimenting with stitching on top of a piece of linen I dyed last week.  So far, I have only sketched in the compostion, and am beginning the underlayers of stitching.  I think I will work on building up surface with many layers of stitching on the colored ground, mirroring the technique I use in painting.  The patterns from the shibori give me some nice organic shapes to respond to while developing a final composition



January 6, 2010

I am working on two tapestries right now, and while I am doing that, I am thinking about a third.

What do I need to learn? and how can I explore that through stitch?

First, I am thinking about underpainting.  Stitch an entire surface, and then build up from there.  Dyeing the threads will bring transition and continuity, I think.

And I am still thinking about tangles of roots and leaves and new shoots, earth shifted by rain, and stones, the visual relationships.