Thursday, June 21, 2012

Blue and Gold

I am so thrilled that this new little creation will be in the Material Voices show at the Ayer Lofts in Lowell, MA in August.

Blue and Gold, 10.5 x 16"
I actually created this piece in hopes of entering an all media show with a landscape theme at a local gallery. But then the Materials Voices show came up and I entered there instead. But, I am so happy I had the push to explore landscapes.

When I think about landscapes, I always always always think of the beautiful wide open spaces and stunning vistas across the great state of Kansas. Particularly golden wheat waving in the breeze.

Taking that as inspiration, I put together several bits of fabric thinking carefully about how the colors of the wheat and the sky change and what I might see on the horizon and in the foreground.

I added lots of machine stitching leaving the ends of the "wheat" stitching loose and fraying. A bit of paint suggests clouds.
I finished with several hand stitched motifs. I really wanted to mix in some graphic contemporary lines and shapes with the hand embroidery --- taking the piece away from being too literal as a representation of a wheat field.

I can totally imagine using this same process for other landscapes... shore line, desert, even cityscape.

The title is a bit of an inside joke --- we're living here near Annapolis, Maryland where my husband loves to wear "blue and gold" the colors of the Naval Academy. I created this piece while remembering living in a place where "blue and gold' told a different kind of story.


Gerrie said...

I really love this, Deborah. I gasped when I saw it. You know how I love landscapes like this. Congrats on the acceptance.

Vivien Zepf said...

Wonderful; so glad it was accepted to the show.

Mary Ann Littlejohn said...

Good work. Thanks for sharing your process.

Kristin L said...

Love those frayed ends and clouds! Congratulations on the acceptance.

HollyM said...

Congrats on the acceptance. I really like how you have not kept it too literal (i tend to, can't help myself) and used more graphic shapes.