Wednesday, 15 February 2017
THE MAKING OF AN ART PIECE
This whole piece had been a somewhat last-minute full-on go-for-it artwork, as I had only started it the week before, which is when I realised that the delivery date was THIS week! Honestly, the weeks whizz past so quickly I often get confused as to which day it is!!
The exhibition is entitled 'Winds OF Change'. I LOVED that as an exhibition title & I wanted to include something new in it.
Contemporary reverse applique is very labour intensive & generally takes me a lot of pre-planning time as well. So WHAT was I going to produce in less than a week, suiting the theme & of appropriate quality for a Fellow of the RSASA to submit for exhibition????
I decided to revisit an old friend. If you follow me on facebook, you will know that a few months ago, I completed the above piece as a part of my weekly art project. It was inspired by my love of leaf shadows on tree bark & one of our trees was going through a particularly colourful bark transformation at the time, so I HAD to record it! I have been ruminating for quite some time, whether to try a larger variation of the piece, which, as it happens, I had particularly enjoyed doing.
Without too much over thinking, I decided to... just go for it!
This particular style of work is very instinctive. After choosing my colour palette of fabrics, I spent a LOT of time making decisions about blocking spaces with colour 'sandwiches'. This means I wasn't just sewing on one layer of fabric on at a time & cutting back (as it may appear to be when you see the photos), but each sandwich contained 2 -4 layers & each layer was well thought out insitu!
Enough talking, let me show you the way it progressed...
Once I'd reached this point, I needed to work out where to put the leaves!
It is not perfect & I certainly wouldn't do a few things the same way again, BUT...I love it!
This is 'Leaf Shadows On Tree Bark' and it has made me one happy little artist! Because I usually do so much pre-planning & thinking, trusting my instincts & trusting myself are not areas that I am very confident in! After this, I just want to try doing more of this style of work. Woooohooo!