Saturday, 14 March 2015

Stitching to develop an image

I'm still trying out ways of stitching by hand the strong images I seem to be developing just now.

On the first sample of a motif from a bridge structure, I'm working to soften and disrupt and to integrate the image with its ground. I'm hoping also to suggest the water flowing beneath the bridge, an idea I've tried out before here with machine stitch.


In the second, it's more about developing and strengthening lines in the image of rocks beneath a favourite bridge at the Lynn of Dee in central Scotland


I'm not sure how well the simplicity I'm aiming for shows up in the top photo. Very little seems to have changed from the original image. And that's the problem with all this ... does stitching add anything, and, if so, what does it add? I'm playing around with that thought all the time right now.



8 comments:

  1. I love these. I think the stitching adds depth, otherwise the printed pieces themselves would appear flat. That's just my opinion. Whatever you do along these lines looks great!

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    1. Hi Connie Thanks very much for your comment - helpful as always. I'm so busy right now I'm struggling to find time to do any art at all!

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  2. I love the textures you're getting on that second piece, its looking quite 3-dimensional.

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    1. Texture and depth is what I'm after I think ... that and an abstract balance of shape and a wish to unify the images.

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  3. I agree with Connie that the stitching adds depth. It also makes wonderful textural marks.

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    1. Thanks, Maggi. Experimenting still ... especially following helpful comments in the last few days.

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  4. Hi Margaret,
    Your stitches, in first pic, have defined, softened and interrupted the geometric look of this piece.
    And the stitches have defined and sharpened the different areas in the second pic.
    Both pieces have 'gained' with stitches ... so, yes, stitches add definition, sharpness, softness and texture.
    Both are lovely as always.

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    1. Very many thanks, Sharron. Your comments are always helpful. Next experiment is to try out some really fine threads and small stitches, I think.

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