These are two small machine stitched sketches - black cotton on calico. They are based on some photos I took near the M Shed in Bristol earlier on in the year.
The top one is based on coils of rope on a boat and reflections in the water.
I drew the design on tissue with a transfer pencil and transferred it to the fabric, but it wasn't clear enough to see under the needle so I drew over it with a Frixion pen, ironed it away and then washed away the transfer pencil.
There was a lovely knitted cover, with a fish design on it wrapped around a railing upright. A bike was chained up beside it.
This time I simply drew straight on to the fabric with the Frixion pen, stitched the design then ironed away the pen marks.
This is the second of the yellow series of JQ's. I find this a difficult colour, so it was quite a challenge. I love yellow in the garden best!
However, after a long conversation with friend outside the supermarket about life and our difficulty getting on with things sometimes( to be fair, it was raining again), I came home and started looking at some photos I'd taken on a boat trip around Bristol docks. I had a photo of office blocks which had some interesting reflections, so played with the colour and layered an image of a butterfly over the surface. I printed this on to BJS treated recycled cotton sheeting and was very surprised with the sharp print that I got. I also printed it on to transparent film - maybe another project.
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