Then we got a week of extremely hot weather- and there is nothing to do but hole up inside and move little- and wait for the heat to burst into rain and bring cool relief. Machine stitching is entirely too frenetic an activity in the heat- and we do have an aircon but it is so noisy that i have come to associate heat with a droning noise of ghastly proportions- so I don't use it.
So ultimately my piece "where I am" grew out of what I am making at present- a series of sentinelles to express my concerns about the environment and the state of our world. They are influenced by byzantine madonnas and other mythical figures and they are decorated by hand in rich colour.I printed the face with a Print Gocco- actually the print is a bit of a failed print but with stitching it comes out a bit more, and because of size limitation of the Gocco screens and because I also wanted to create a medallion portrait- as medallions were carried by travellers in medieval times to protect and suggest they were part of a certain pilgrimage they are the size they are. I did a trial run of printing on lime green fabric not thinking I would use them, but lately I have been using everything that is at hand without making new dyed fabrics- so here they are in al their lime green brilliance! I still have to put on thebinding but at least they are all stitched.