I think this new one is finished. I have been very keen to get it to this point before going away to Australia, as I didn't want to lose momentum by having to leave it for ages. I keep going back and tinkering though. It has moved on quite a bit since I last showed it to you, although the changes get more subtle, the nearer I get to the end.
With the warmer areas, I am attempting to reflect the volcanic evolution of the landscape and the source of the ash. The bottom of the piece, with multiple layers of stitching and organza shapes, represents the magma chamber which periodically comes to life in the heart of the mountain, leaking into the rocks and eventually throwing up new landscapes.
The cooler areas are my response to the unique appearance of the vine farms. I cut up a pair of old work trousers for the ash layer, which I tore into strips and reconstructed, as I often do with my base layers. I wanted the dramatic contrast of the dark fabric to suggest the almost solemn solidity of the landscape, and to give the green 'growth' the necessary visual punch. I have used my wools again to represent the walls and provide contrasting rhythms with the bolder marks.
I have also 'drawn' with couched crewel wool, for a smaller echo of the lovely wall shapes. I was inspired to get some couching in, after my trip to the Royal College of Arms.
I can't wait to see what inspiration I get in Australia! I don't expect to take much sewing kit with me but, once I am done with my residency work, I will have a month in WA's national parks and will certainly be doing lots of painting again, to gather ideas and capture the shapes and colours.