Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The end of the beasts......

I did a eucalypt dye batch last weekend -to add to my stash. No huge pieces of fabric just wanted some more odds and sods for this piece I am working on… I think I am going to call it Earth Skin…
I have a thing for maps and aerial views and am lucky enough to have the most amazing book titled ‘Earth from Above’ with photography by Yann Arthus-Bertrand. It is divine! Another I have is ‘Over Europe’ which is a collection of photos from the same photographer and several others. Text is by Jan Morris.

This piece is made from hand dyed, printed and rusted silks. All hand stitched and seams basted a la Jude Hill’s invisible basting technique.
Jude’s Patchwork Beast online workshop has finished now. I haven’t been able to participate as much as I would have liked this time but I still walk away with some lovely techniques that I know I am going to utilise.
I spent almost 2 days solid stitching on this! I don’t think I am going to find and embellish a beast as such but see it more as a piece of Earth Skin. I see paddocks and roads and I want to add a creek and some dams… Maybe I will add an eye though...! Approx 55cm x 43cm (22"x17")

Some fantastic work was created in Jude's class. I loved checking out the site each day and viewing all the wonderous work that was posted. It was a large class and a very varied menagerie...!

Just thinking out loud… What if it was a piece of dried Earth Skin? So instead of blue creeks/ rivers/ dams they are the dried up remnant of those. Like scars on the skin?

4 comments:

paddysdaughter said...

Good to see what people have done and posted on their blogs. I missed out on the first course, and so could not do Beasts, but have signed up for the next Cloth to Cloth, which I guess she will begin after the full moon. Yesterday I bought some silk remanants and bits of indigo in preparation.

Puddleduck said...

Hi Paddysdaughter! Thanks for your comment.. that sure was quick! You will love Jude's class... she has such a nice teaching manner.... and some wonderful ideas and techniques! The video lessons make it just like sitting and watching her stitch! Best Wishes, Sandi
I had a quick look at your lovely blog and have subscribed too! Thanks for following mine!

Jacky said...

I know I said it before, but I do love this piece! The colours, the cloth, the piecing ...all so lovely.
Love your latest painting you are working on too. About to go and check out the website.

Jacky xox

Jules said...

I love these wonderful colours Sandi, it is absolutely reminiscent of those amazing arial photography books. Fabulous piece of work! x

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