Wednesday, 30 November 2016
There isn't one specific painting that inspired me.However, Sheeler's industrial landscape paintings and his use of transparency caught my attention, and as I am originally from a northern industrial mill town I thought I would try to show a landscape that is familiar to me. The brick viaduct that crosses the Mersey valley in the centre of Stockport is an imposing structure and when it was built in 1840 it was the largest viaduct in the world, and is still the largest brick structure in the UK.
I tried various designs with the viaduct and the mills, but couldn't make one that worked with the transparent layers. In the end I abandoned the mills and just concentrated on the viaduct and the bridge. The final textile looks far more bucolic than the original scene! I originally experimented with the inktense pencils and bars that I bought in the summer when I was in England, but that attempt ended up in the bin (it was totally unsalvageable!) and I finally used fused appliqué and simple quilting.