There are so many 'old things' I want to post about, but life goes on quickly and makes it difficult to catch up!
There has also been an event I will post about shortly (Black History Day held at Hendon Library within Black History Month, with the African Cultural Association).
Meanwhile, I have been experimenting with a design that I want to use on a series of garment and accessories and have been wondering how best translate it.
The starting point is some ink experiment for a design exercise with 'line' that I did some time ago. I like the end result though, the colours and the flowing line.
|Inkjet print of a coloured ink experiment about 'line'on paper|
I have noticed, though, that I tend, or the design tends, or both of us do, to turn the abstract into something flowery.
It looks like there is a' flower entropy' within my work.
I have previously made conscious attempts to go the other way, i.e, from flowers to abstracts, but whether these have been successful or not, I have realised that there is definitely a connection between the two.
|Watercolour on WC paper, flowers into abstract|
|Detail as above|
I had pondered in fact, whether to translate the design into a counted thread technique, that would best show the transition between the floral and the abstract line elements, but in the end I decided to use free-style hand embroidery.
So, with hand stitches, thick thread, the use of the circular frame and the addition of some applied organzas, I have steered towards flowery materiality again, leaving the linear behind!
|Linear design evolving into flowers with various stitches (including running, chain, feather, whipped running, short and long blanket stitch, stem,) being worked in an embroidery hoop on a calico base painted with Markal paint sticks|
Anyhow this is why I have decided to call this series Flower Entropy, which is probably what my garments and accessories bearing this embroidery will be called
|The design showing its evolution and the addition of coloured organzas applied with isolated cross stitches|