Saturday, 30 November 2013

DANCING MOONS

I found the right colour from Amafu hand dyes here in South Africa when we were at the IQC Africa held recently.  Just had to think of a design which worked for me at the time.  I was working on a piece for our Textile Art Group Gauteng (TAGG) Exhibition (which I sold) and loved the ribbon design and so incorporated it into this piece, although the pieces themselves are completely different.   The colour in the photograph does not show up as well as I had hoped but in "real life" it was good.  This was a difficult colour to find/dye but was a great challenge.  I acknowledge this colour challenge is not easy, but saying that, it is a challenge nevertheless which is good.  I am finding the size more difficult than the colour but again, a challenge, which is really good as it does stretch one and pushes one out of our comfort zone.  I have used a commercial fabric for the moons and the rest are various shades of the periwinkle blue.  My design is appliqued and quilted.




13 comments:

  1. Love the ribbon - you've got the light and shadow spot on! I'm plesed that you re-visited the technique for us.

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  2. I agree with Linda... I am glad you repeated your technique for us to see. Love the movement in the piece, you are spot on.

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  3. I like the way you have echoed the twisting movement in the lower left with the quilting. Is it the proportion of the width to length that you find difficult, or the small size?

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    1. Hi Heather, It is sort of proportion of width to length but the shorter side (whichever way you look at it, portrait or landscape) seems to constrain me when I am drawing up my design and I feel as if I can't quite express myself in my design as I am cramping up on the shorter side and am restricted with what I would really like to do with my drawing/design. This probably will take time for me to get used to but it is not a negative, as I have said before, challenges are to be met in order for us to grow as textile artists as we can't always do what we want, and that is good and pushes us to achieve. So here is to the next challenge - I am really looking forward to it and have to say that I love the next colour and although have not got a clue what I am going to do but am excited!

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  4. Your ribbon is so well done it almost jumps off the page. And the quilting echoes it nicely. Well done selling a piece at your show.

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  5. Beautifully executed ribbon, and beautiful stitching. I agree about the size. I find it very small but am learning to deal with it.

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  6. Love the movement, Patricia. It seems to be spiraling across the piece like it was being whirled by a gymnast. Congrats on selling a piece. Hilary

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  7. Beauty! My girls did rhythmic gymnastics, this is exactly the movement of their ribbons.

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  8. These ribbons twirl around the spheres so effortlessly! Great use of color!

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  9. Love this, and I think you've got the colour just right. It's the feeling of movement that comes out of the piece most strongly. I agree that the size is tricky to work with, I find I preferred our square pieces, but I think that is mainly my in-built desire to be symmetrical.

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  10. I love how the quilting invigorates the dance. Wonderful piece.

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  11. I'm using the North American standard letter size of 8.5 x 11, which I believe is not as extreme as the British A4 size (210 x 297 mm). The equivalent of the N.A. standard would be 230 x 297 mm. The Golden Rectangle would be even more extreme, at 184 x 297 mm. I don't mind the size too much because it's similar to what my camera produces.

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  12. great use of color and quilting design. you really have the twirl of the ribbon perfect! well done!

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