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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Two Days In A Row?



I'd like to say I was turning over a new leaf... and given the subject matter of the images, I guess that's appropriate. I was talking in my last post about making different stitched versions of images. The photographs here are my first attempt at that. As I felt that the first version worked well, the second variant simply has more intense stitching. These are very small pieces; I can't give you exact measurements as they are at home and I'm not (avoiding the resurfacing work going on outside by working in the gallery today). The third variant will probably have minimal stitching. In a way, this is not the best example of the kind of thing I will be doing, because it is so unambiguous in its structure. Other images are much more abstract and therefore open to much broader interpretations.

I intend to mount all these works, and frame some of them. I'm no longer very comfortable with unframed work. Of course, this means that I won't be able to enter quilt shows with these works, unless I make work specifically for that purpose, but I don't suppose that's much of a problem.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Disappearing Act


Yes, I did another one... more illness, mine and injury, a friend's. I'd like to say I'm back on track, two thirds through Open Studios, and feeling good... but I have to go into hospital for an operation, so I'll be quietish for a while. That said, as I'm not supposed to be doing anything much, I might well take the opportunity to catch up with my blogs.

Where was I? Talking about the intentions for the new work. To give you an idea of how it's progressing, here's an image from one of the photographs I showed last time. It's printed on canvas, and stitched. I'd be interested to hear any feedback you have. I'm fairly pleased with this one, though I do have some that I've worked on since, and been less happy about. It's a learning curve, I guess.

It is my intention to print each one of these as a limited edition photograph in its own right, but also to make several stitched pieces from each image, with each of the stitched pieces unique. I don't like repeating myself, but I do like the idea of mini series within an overarching theme. It'll be interesting to see how that goes. I find myself taking from fifty to a hundred photographs each time I find an interesting flower, so you can imagine, I have no shortage of material. And I've digressed into other materials, too, so this may run and run. I feel happy to have found an interesting, challenging and wholly unexpected subject to work with.

The pieces are small; the largest size I can print is 24" in width, though I can make each piece as long as I like. I'm experimenting with sizes, to see what works well, and what doesn't. It's a fascinating journey, and Big Bertha, the printer, is meeting my every expectation. Watch this space!