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.
Sunday, 25 August 2013
Under the surface: Coral
Continuing with my series 'Under the surface' I have moved on to look at photographs of coral reefs as a source for the final three pieces this year. As usual I started with with white cotton and dyed a deep blue. I then used discharge paste to take out some of the dye, then over dyed and discharged again to try to create the different depths of the sea around the coral. Finally a stronger discharge paste was used to take out all the colour to create the coral. Thickened dye was used to create the colours of the coral. On reflection I am sure I could have achieved a similar result by using fabric paint rather than this long discharge and dye process but I like the transparency of dyes over paints. The piece was machine embroidered to get the detail of some of the coral with rayon threads before sandwiching it all together and then quilting the sea around the coral.
Posted by Jean at 19:25