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, 3 December 2013

Under the Surface : Reef 2

My last piece for 2013 developing the design of the sea anemones further. Again a discharged background using a range of agents, this time attempting to produce the rippling of the sea effect. Whilst the marginal difference in colour of the 'sea' can be seen it did not work as effectively as I had hoped. The 'rocks' were achieved through a hand cut simple silk screen and a standard Jacquard discharge paste.

I built the sea anemones up on the background by  layering over a sheet of silk organza. I stitched free hand the first layer and cut back the organza to the stitching line and then repeated the layers twice more to build up a more dimensional shape. I used dye paints to colour some sections of the sea anemones;  the intention was to achieve the see through - jelly like structures of the creatures. Finally I machine quilted around the rock formations of the reef.



Detail of stitching


  1. I think your sea anemones turned out real nice. I love how you layered the organza

  2. Fantastic, Jean, the anemones look so real as though they are actually moving. And the background is wonderfully watery! These will make such a great series. You are clever! Elaine.