Saturday, 28 February 2015

Slightly sandy

Having just finished reading a book on stitch by Helen Parrott it seemed logical to attempt sand ripples for this piece. The first lesson learned was about scale - too many ripples resulted in a near ric-rac effect!

I layered up a piece of lightly rust dyed fabric made during a recent workshop with Alice Fox and used the rust marks to guide my lines of hand stitch. Once the stitching was complete I rollered the surface with acrylic paint in an attempt to achieve more depth.

I'm looking forward to seenow others have interpreted this challenge as I failed miserably to come up with an original response!

 

 

11 comments:

  1. I like the subtlety of this, Linda, and find it quite unexpected: I always think of your work as being crisp and clean! Did you consider leaving the edges raw and unbound?

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  2. Failed? I think it's wonderful! Calm, soothing with a gentle transition of colour.

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  3. I like it and do like the stitching lines which create the movement and feel of the sand. I agree with Colleen and find it very calming.

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  4. But this is just right. Living by the sea I have taken so many photos of the ripple effects that the sea leaves behind on the beach. Very subtle - I like it.

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  5. Great interpretation. Simple but very effective. I have always wanted to work on a piece where you roller on paint afterwards but I have been too afraid. What you have done has just finished it off so I need to revisit this option again.

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  6. Lovely sand/beach/water effect. And your square with letters is reminiscent of a message in a bottle - perfect beach accompaniment.

    I can imagine the deep breath you took before you put a roller to it - but you've done it just right.

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  7. I am enjoying the delicate rippling of the sand as well as the mystery surrounding the square of lettering where the two directions meet. Lots here to ponder.

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  8. I like the line near the bottom where the rust dyeing is, feels like the line left by the tide. The hand stitching and the over painting have worked perfectly.

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  9. I love this piece! To me it is a perfect interpretation of sand. I have tried rolling paint over a quilted surface before and love the effect it gives, especially when working on a small piece. this is less nerve wracking than working on a huge piece in case it doesn't work out as planned!

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  10. Definitely not a failure. You may not feel as though you have captured the effect of ripples in the sand, but it works. I like the subtlety of the fabrics and the stitching. Rolling paint over the finished piece has really added another subtle layer, which is just right .

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  11. love it!
    love the rust and the hand stitching
    different tonal variations work well

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