Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Ar Gor follow-up
Week 2 of my Blog-a-Week Challenge, and I'm going to finally post some pics of my finished piece for the exhibition Ar Gor, which took place in An Lab, Dingle, as part of Feile na Bealtaine, last May. I haven't any pics of the final piece framed, as the piece went into the framers before I went to Spain, went directly to the exhibition, and then was sold! Which I am delighted about...
You can read my original blog post here about what I was trying to explore, ".. I have been drawn into the murky world of eggs, geese, feet, distaffs and other stories..."
The piece is hand embroidered on canvas, using a fine wool thread. I doubled and trebled the thread in parts to give the lines more of a feeling of a drawing, a sketch, with the lines going from thin to thick in parts. The background has a diluted black paint wash, to give it the feel of a Japanese scroll painting, which I am heavily influenced by. When I last lived in Dublin, I spent many days in the Chester Beatty Library, looking at their amazing collection of Oriental scrolls. (Well, I'll admit, I'm influenced by anything Japanese, crafts, gardens, paintings, etc.).
I have been very drawn to simple blackwork embroidery lately, and this piece was quite an experiment for me. I really enjoyed making it, and am looking forward to spending more time dabbling in threads and fabrics. And doing more research into Goose-footed Women!