A group of internet artists from all over the place who have decided to give each other a challenge every few weeks, on a theme chosen by each in turn. We have different ideas and styles, but share a love of textiles, and want to have some fun.

Monday, 22 August 2011

Annabel-posting 2. Light and Shadow.

 Light and Shadow, stage 2

I'd left you last in the middle of my brainstorm.  Light and Shadow evolved into lots and lots of ideas, but nothing madly motivated me. This is partly because I had an idea right at the start, but which would be too vast a challenge for 6 weeks. It won't leave my head though - very frustrating!

But, pressing on, I went through the brainstorm notes. At the side of the sketchbook page, I drew some little boxes and jotted down a pictorial representation of whatever came into my head from reading the notes. I now had at least 7 possibilities for a piece.

I decided to go with the idea shown here on the right. In my little box, I have two panels, one light, one darker (in shadow), one large, one smaller,  stitched into a background cloth.

The idea was to embellish this cloth with weaving lines of colour and shapes. It would be burnt, or cut away.

So I made a start. The panels are done by putting torn masking tape on white cloth, and then using various markal sticks to rub colour onto the cloth in waves.   The panels were stitched in situ through the backing and wadding.

However, my boat is not floated, and I have stopped working on them. Not sure if I'll continue.

So I had a play with 3D which only makes sense to the eye with heightened use of light and shadow colours.

Blah too. I will muse some more.


quilthexle said...

I really love the piece you stopped working on. When I saw it, my first thought was: OK, now she'll add some shadows behind those two wonderful, light-filled structures in front - than I read you stopped working on it ? OK ... that means, you'll up to something else - how exciting! Thanks for sharing your process!

Esther said...

I really like both ideas, but you have to 'feel' it too, to make it work. It's hard on a 6 week deadline.

My initial exciting idea is too big too. I am just letting it settle before blogging a bit more about it.

Also, I already have a stencil quilt called Sunshine and Shadow in yellow and greys...and I can't get it out of my head!

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Anonymous said...

Thank you ladies. Apologies for the delay in replying. Don't you find that you sometimes go off things? I could press on and make this into something, but would prefer to start on something new I think. I'm a bit off creating at the moment (it happens, and only last a few days) I think I'm too tied up with other happenings and enjoying the last of the summer. Just you wait till Tuesday when my wonderful visitors have to go home!