An artist is an explorer. He has to begin by self-discovery and by observation of his own procedure. After that he must not feel under any constraint.
~ Henri Matisse
You never know quite what will happen when opening to change. Itching to work larger, I've been experimenting with these recent brushwork pieces. Going from 12" x 12" to almost double the size does alter my approach. With the smaller size, stitching and imagery elements could be simple and sparse. I felt this new format would need more complexity, even while maintaining the overall simplicity. A bit about my process...
|Stage one- Ink on raw silk|
After painting on the silk, I fused the raw edge color blocks, and machine quilted them. Hand embroidery outlines each block. I hand quilted around the ink work and with wide horizontal lines on the background. As I mentioned, simplicity is key. Preferring a clean edge, I used the same pillowcase finish as with other pieces in the Sonata series.
|Sonata in Green - 22" x 15"|
|Sonata in Green (detail)|
Approaching Sonata in Blue in a similar manner, I expanded on the amount of stitching used. It is echo quilted: hand quilted around the ink work; machine quilted and hand embroidered in and around the blocks. I used a facing to finish this quilt.
|Sonata in Blue, 23.5" x 24"|
You might wonder, why so much hand quilting? Besides enjoying the slowness of the process, I appreciate the textural quality that the imperfect hand stitching lends to the quilt.
|Sonata in Blue (detail)|
I'd love to hear your thoughts. Linking to Off the Wall Fridays. Visit the site to see some wonderful work.