It is time to move on to the next area of stitching. After working the Autumn sampler I was working on my Masters and for a couple of years most of my samples ended up in my studio journals. As I explained in the Sampler FAQ I had a couple of samplers stolen that date from this period.
When I assembled the strip I did include this sample even though it could have been a seperate piece in its own right. It was an experiment that I worked to explore an idea.
At the time I was looking at traditional patterns that appear, travel and re-appear in various places around the globe.
I was interested in evoking their historical roots yet presenting them in a modern way. I also wanted to use them to hint at how we repeat patterns of behaviour and that cycles and patterns appear constantly throughout our lives.
I took a traditional pattern, simplified a black a white image of it scaled it up on a graphics program (Adobe Illustrator) and played around with it to produce this shape which I then embroidered. I thought I would show you some of my ideas from my studio journal.
I hope you can see how they relate.
This one I thought could be worked almost as quilt size using applique
This design could also be worked large. At the time I was thinking of a series. (I have not totally tossed the idea just as yet not got around to it)
This one was one of my favourites. I thought it was the most interesting and held the most possibilities. I liked the spiral section as I wanted to use pattern to hint at patterns in life. The spiral looked like some very old symbols for the female creative force and/or the womb yet the design looked contemporary
This page houses some of the print outs as you can see I chopped them up and pieced them together. There are about 40 designs in this series but I have never got to working them further.
As you can see these designs are all represented in with flat colours (I used acrylic paints) but the sample is shaded and worked in Long and short stitch thread painting. That was the idea I was experimenting with ie working some of these designs on a larger scale, by hand in thread painting.
I was wondering if I could use the fact that the work was hand done, to speak of repetitiveness and patterns in the cycle of life. It was the repetition of the same stitch and the possibility that it may be read on a number of levels that intrigued me. I was also intrigued by the balance between positive and negative space as I felt I could possibly use that to tease out/ hint at more ideas too.
A hand dyedwool which is about the same weight as Appletons.
This section of my sampler is worked on dress linen.
Procion cold water dyes for the wool.
All samples are 15 cm (6 inches) wide and stitched together in one long band sampler. The sampler is currently 44 ft 5 inches or 533 inches (1353.83 centimetres) or 14.8 yards (13.53 metres) long and still being added to.
This was worked in 2001
For the full back story on this piece visit the Sampler FAQ.
All posts in the series are in the category the Love of Stitching Band Sampler.