I’ve been beavering away on some pieces for TRAC’s March 2017 exhibition on the theme of Water. Its a great theme, so many ways of interpreting it. Of course, my starting point was Ryde’s beautiful beaches, but I found my inspiration along the seawall with its rusted gates and waste water outlets from the grand houses above. I took the approach of my City & Guilds work, drawing and sketching, experimenting and thinking – hence no blog post for a while! But then I just had to stitch, so I took some of my experiments and tried to place them together. This piece incorporates rust-dyed fabric, scrunched brown paper, sand-papered denim. I then created a print block using funky foam taken from patterns and shapes around a rusty gate. Stitching includes running stitch over the printing, broderie Anglais, French knots – proper and loopy, couching, and darning. The only thing I have to do now is to consider the framing. When I started this piece, I didn’t really think about how it would turn it out it was just going to evolve. Unfortunately its evolved into non-commercial frame size! I think a box frame is required because of the ‘loose’ couching, but we will have to see.
Addendum: A perfect piece of driftwood was discovered on the beach in Penzance and was tacked to the top of the piece and strung with some cord made with my Kreinik cordwinder – there are never enough opportunities to get that out! Great fun!