Well, the embrilting is done at least! Now i have to turn edges, then attach to the backing and awaaaaay we go.
I’ve also changed the plan for the rest of the piece: that rusted figure just wasn’t speaking to me. She’ll move into the “possible future projects” pile and instead i’ll be using a piece of fabric i created in my 2012 residency:
It doesn’t quite look like this anymore, as i previously tried it for other work, bleaching out portions and then adding colour back in the form of red textile paint, but will work for the red wing’s background. I’ll also have to remove some pretty gnarly stitching i had done on it! I’m trying out orientation as well, not sure which direction it should/will go. It’s slightly smaller than the original canvas so i’m changing that as well, which means the wing itself needs thought about where and how much should fall off the edge. Even with all these rethinks, i am quite energized again about the whole!
This too (heart only, not the background) will make an appearance on it, again planned for a separate work, but things are falling together for a reason! (Good thing as i was starting to fall apart on this one with the timeline for finishing…..)
The background will tie all the red and natural colour in nicely.
A title, or the start of one at least, has finally made an appearance in my brain, but i’m not ready to reveal that as it still needs some fiddling. This is one time where i am thinking ahead enough to solidify the “statement” as well! “Concept”, or defining the concept, is not one of my favourite parts of creating, but in the end, they all DO have it, don’t they, or why would we make them, spend so much time and blood on them????
I had hoped to be doing another ecoprint workshop on Bowen Island this fall, but alas, the organizer has a lot on her plate, and we must adjourn it until sometime next year. This means though that i can teach online again, thinking of a stitch class, a different one than previous courses. I will post an update when i’ve finalized plans for that!