The piece I’m sharing here
included a lot of gasping moments for me;
not gasps of: “Wow! How genius!”,
but rather gasps of:
“Oh no. Where is this going?”
I did manage to find a perfect group of fabrics
to cut into tiny bits: horses, donkeys
& bold geometric shapes in blunt neutrals.
Here you can see some of the horses
& my faithful rotary blade.
As I began placing the fabrics,
I was happy with the texture at the base
of the gridded canvas &
the orange-ness of the wood I was depicting.
You can see the horses & geometric shapes
creating the form of a nose.
Can you find an armadillo & some cherries?
Adding in all of the darkest darks
& the placement for the eyes
in a similar geometric form,
a face starts to emerge.
I had a lot of fun getting
the texture of the forehead
& the nuance of the Stella Luna-like ear
to read as more than
tropical ferns & mule rumps.
Above, you’ll notice a broad yellow band centered
at the top of the image, which has been since removed
as it wasn’t serving it’s purpose
& a striped band on the far right forming,
which was eventually manipulated for less impact.
Below is one of those gasping moments:
the pieced seams are being formed on the vertical,
half way done in this image,
& the distortion has begun in full force.
Whoa! Gasp! Right?
All vertical, no horizontal.
What happened to the image I was trying to create?
This is where trust in the process,
& also my practice & skill
need to come into play.
Once I finish the horizontal seams
& press everything in alternate fashion for a flat lay,
it looks like this on the back.
I love this stage.
Here it is on the front,
before it get its quilting done.
(Can you still find an armadillo and some cherries?)
Here’s a detail of the quilting on my favorite parts.
The whole piece: