My piece is based on a photo I took walking along the canal on my way to a textile exhibition at Salts Mill, Saltaire, Yorkshire. When I saw Sheeler's painting I immediately remembered the lovely walk I had. I have always loved architecture and industrial in particular. Must be all those lines and shapes. The area (west of Bradford) used to be the centre of the woollen industry and the canal is lined with mills and chimneys.
I ummed and aahed about whether to use colour, then thought of black and white like a photograph but my fabric selection had big gaps. I settled on a sepia look as it reflects the aging, decaying buildings - although there are signs of regeneration and life returning. It is fused, stitched and with a little paint.
|Charles Sheeler - Amoskeag Mills|
|Shipley Canal - Yorkshire, UK|
|Shipley Canal as Sheeler may have painted it|