I've been experimenting with more text as a background for stitching and have just finished a piece of work which will be exhibited in Weavers Gallery, Ledbury from 30th June to 10th July.
For many years now the gallery owner, who is also a textile artist, shows work by invited artists with a specific theme. I have been lucky to be asked to take part and always find the journey of researching a brief interesting and inspiring. Often it leads to further ideas.
This year the brief is Lost Words. I've taken the idea of losing words in a background of stitching and have chosen a few lines, written by a friend, about a rather beautiful Lime Hawk moth.
Those subtle olive shades
Wings ragged edged, disguising
What you are.
Hiding in plain sight
On mossy bark.
I found that overlapping the words created interesting bark like patterns. Some of these spaces were painted and others densely stitched. The moths have been painted directly onto fabric and then appliqued on the surface.
The finished piece is float mounted with a lovely spalted beech frame.