Here’s where process gets complicated!
These are fabric pieces I composed using the landscape paintings I did last month as a starting point. Once the image was defined using fabric and thread, I painted over parts of it. Then I went in after the paint dried, and added some more details in thread.
I am going to put these up on my wall, and see how I like them. I think the process is exciting, and I like that I can make use of fabrics I might not otherwise (the pond piece is entirely made of silk! I don’t generally do that!) and I think paint is a good way to make bigger gestures and larger work.
Scale is important when working bigger. With thread, I only have a tiny thin line available to me. I can go over that line until it is heavier, or use heavier thread, but not too much heavier because the sewing machine has limitations. If I need areas, I can use fabric, and that is true at various sizes. It is getting lines and shading that I use thread for, and that I am interested in using paint for.
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some of the images for cards:
I picked my favorites of the little painted abstracts I made, and interpreted them in fabric. Part of the process was an effort to work larger – the paintings are four inches square, the fabric work is sixteen inches square – and part of it was just to see what kinds of brushwork and paint effects I could emulate using fabric.
I am delighted with these experiments in painting! I learned some interesting things, including my affection for abstracts, both in paint and in fabric. Also I realized that daily small practice serves me better in learning things than one week of exasperated flailing. So if I am going to keep experimenting with paint, I should do this kind of steady poking at it rather than picking it up for a week and then putting it down for the rest of the year.
I was inspired by several of the paintings to attempt to translate them into fabric, both abstracts and landscapes. I will show you those tomorrow.