7.24.2010

The process of making ... part II

I finished "Water under the bridge" last night. This one ended up quite differently than I imagined. I’m still not sure what I think of it. I usually have to look at pieces for a week or so before deciding if I like them and what I’ve learned from them. This one I know I’ve learned one thing for sure: I’m venturing into a new phase of my Idiom series. A tad more whimsical and loose, using idioms from the farm or garden as opposed to directional idioms I'd worked on in the past. We’ll see where the next piece, “Seed money” goes …

For now, here’s a look at the second half of the process of making “Water”.


I pin up the piece to see how it's coming together. I realized it was becoming to bottom heavy so I thought I'd add some white scrim under the orange silk to balance it. Plus, the white scrim could convey 'cloud' as well.
 
 
I decide to use french knots to sew on the orange silk using a blue grey embroidery thread as contrast. Then I made a mistake. The silk pieces was too large and now it was once again unbalanced, but now too top heavy.
 
 
Begin cutting! I wasn't sure how this would turn out but it definitely brought the balance back. The piece was still missing something though ...
 
 
Over to the remnant board for ideas. Hmmm, what's that curly dangling woven twine that kind of looks like 'water' flowing? I've had that lying around my studio for at least a year wondering where it would be used.
 
 
 
I decided to leave the twine piece hanging for now. I used orange thread to reflect the orange above.
 

Finished! For now at least ...

4 comments:

ginahief said...

This is a very elegant piece. Absolutely stunning.

Jen Appel said...

Beautiful. I love your idea of a remnant board for ideas... very inspiring as I look at the empty wall above my desk...

Mari said...

Your work is like a visual spa treatment for me. Instant peace and calm, yet invigorating at the same time. I love the twine piece you added from your remnant board. Perfect.

Victoria said...

Great insightful peek into your work process.... very enjoyable!

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