Sunday, 31 August 2014

Peace

This started as a piece of dyed linen in a class with Leslie Morgan.  The first dyes were spread with a credit card in stripes, and they just kept me thinking about men's pinstripe trousers.  The figures of the men were screen printed on top, using cut pieces of masking tape for the men, which meant my ability to add small details was almost non-existent.

I wanted to try some hand stitching in different yarns, and as I was stitching I found myself thinking about all the bad news currently in the world, and wishing people could ignore their differences and just link hands and live in harmony.  After a few rounds of hand stitching the work was quite lumpy, and so I added some machine stitching to flatten the areas between the men.  Is this one of the possible solutions to the world's problems?; as more 'machines' allow us to communicate more freely via the internet and mobile communications, perhaps we can smooth out the differences between people and achieve a unified whole.

10 comments:

  1. This little piece so needs to be looked at enlarged for all the detail. If only it could be that easy that we stitch peace into the world... A special piece/peace.

    Hilary

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  2. Ditto a very special piece. Amazing how the colour grey can evoke such emotion.

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  3. Layer upon layer of dye, of stitch, of meaning. A very contemplative piece, Linda. Perhaps working with the colour grey inspired something of a departure from your body of work? I could see this being made into a larger, more complex piece too.

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  4. Nicely said! An effective piece for a poster, banner or flag.

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  5. A very thoughtful piece and a good one for our troubled times. I think it should do the rounds on Facebook with your comments. I like the touches of colour and the handstitching combined with the machine work.

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  6. A very interesting piece in that you have not used any colour which gives it so much more meaning - as said before, a very thoughtful piece with a lot of meaning behind it. I commend you for all the work and thought that has gone into this.

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  7. Yes very evocative in its layers. Wonderful bit of peacefulness that speaks to us all.

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  8. Beautiful and powerful piece Linda.

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  9. A beautiful layered piece, which evokes peace. I can only echo what everyone has said.

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  10. Who thought grey is boring? What a powerful message you have managed to convey.

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