We move forward from two successful exhibitions in 2016 in Prague and in the USA to the challenge of an exhibition in the Netherlands in the Autumn. We continue to work on A2 sized pieces in portrait format and will be producing four pieces over the year with the theme of 'Freedom'. An essential part of our art is working in series to a common format which does give us all a framework for our creative endeavours.
Tuesday, 24 April 2012
My friend Kati posted a photo on Valentine’s Day of the flowers in her garden. I loved the photo and thought it would be great for my next piece. On heading to the market, I bought every colour of orange and green satin they had. It confused the girls as I only wanted a half a yard of each, but we worked it out in the end. My friend Esther, an amazing batik artist had just the right piece for the background to give me the feeling I wanted.
I did up some samples, working with the new fusible backing I just got when I was visiting Magie. It makes it soooo much easier. The piece was starting to come together, but the satins were just too flat. When my quilting friend Laura Evans saw my struggles, she showed up with a batch of her Sri Lankan silks, and that was the last part I needed to finish the piece. It is hand stitched and embroidered.
All in all I am pleased with the final result, and grateful to the friends who contributed to it.