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.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Taiwan - For how long........

For how long will we be able to see the beautiful colonies of sea anemones on our coral reefs? We have already lost 27% of the world's coral reefs. If present rates of destruction are allowed to continue, 60% of the world's coral reefs will be destroyed over the next 30 years.

This piece is developed from a design I used for some pieces for Voyage in 2013 which seemed to suit the 'Eco' brief.  The background  was discharged using a range of agents; the coral reef was achieved through a simple hand cut screen and standard Jacquard discharge paste  varying the strength of the paste to try to achieve the effect of varying depths under the sea.    

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.


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