Thursday, 12 January 2017
The Finished Article: My New Textile Piece
Good news: my navy thread arrived last week and I was able to go back and finish off my last textile piece. It was really frustrating to get so very close and have to stop! Here it is:
If you have been following the progress of this piece, you'll know that it is based on a church in York and that I was working on the text which surrounds the church, when my thread ran out. The text is embroidered through rough-cut pieces of organza, which help the spindly words to better 'occupy' the space. It is a section from a quote by the American poet Charles Bukowski.
I enjoy the juxtaposition of text and image. It not only offers two very different visual rhythms, but helps to get across what is going on in my mind. With my first textile piece, the text was part of the source sketch and was about the absorption of the moment. There was no text on my original drawing of the church, but I wanted the final piece to be more than just a decorative image, so this quote represents my reflections on the subject matter.
I am really pleased with the finished product, particularly given the extremely limited amount of planning involved. This piece builds on my first 'commuter' piece of course, but many of the techniques on this 2nd piece were new and totally experimental, so I am very pleasantly surprised it has worked as well as it has.
I am already well into a third piece, which is different again. I'll show you that next time.