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.

Saturday, 23 March 2013

I have decided to use my Indigo fabrics as my series for this year. Some I have acquired, others I dyed myself during one of Magie Relph's classes.
 The background fabric was folded and secured with paper clips before dying. The result was a linear, watery, reflecting effect. I fused and machine appliqued the suns and the moons. The piece was bisected with a vegetable dyed fabric to represent the desert. I embroidered the out line of the Tuareg and camels then painted them with acrylic paint.  The sun rays were quilted using rayon thread.
Though the piece is predominately blue it is interesting how 'hot' it seems!   The small figures and the large eclipses emphasizes the vastness and loneliness of the desert.
The Tuareg are known as the 'blue men'. The indigo from the robes they wear impregnates their skin making it blue black.



  1. It is lovely Gretchen! Simple, but very effective.

  2. Fabulous Gretchen. A beautiful scene. What a great day we had Indigo dyeing!
    You really have captured the mood of the desert. Well done

  3. I love this image, Gretchen.The colours are fabulous and the atmosphere you managed to created is stunning!

  4. love the way it mirrors itself, very, very sucessful.

  5. Such a powerful image,Gretchen and it gives the feeling of being really hot.I have a Tuareg key sitting on my design wall.