Monday, June 14, 2010

Richter Inspiration: Stage One



Richter Inspiration: Stage One
26.5" w x 16.5"h


Richter Inspiration: Stage One is the first in a group of works I plan to make from fabric I monoprinted and presented in my last article.

During the past year I have made many small works within a 12" to 14" square format. The original piece of fabric I started with here was 15" square. I considered some of the ideas I had for taking the piece forward and decided that since I liked the markings on this piece I wanted to enhance it with very intense stitching and pair it with another piece of fabric that would have very high contrast .


I liked the feeling of the shapes on the both sides which seemed to to rising upward. On the right they appear to be landforms and on the left they are more cloud-like. It appears to be a universe where the sky is to the side rather than overhead.....I felt a rectangular format for each side would reinforce this feeling so I added a panel onto my original cut of fabric and cut the right side to match.




Detail of stitching




Detail of stitching.


I sorted through some of my fabrics and found a piece which had been hand dyed in several colors and painted with black dye. This fabric alone was not a standout but I knew that eventually I would find where it belonged.



Detail of right side of diptych.


The color in the fabric is more intense than the above photo shows. I altered the composition of the marks by adding two swatches which were applied with raw-edge applique.



Here you can clearly see the raw edge applique.



I am now ready to start Stage Two. While I feel the stitching on this piece is successful, I really loved the smooth face of the fabric before I stitched on Stage One. With that in mind, one of the things I plan not to do in the next piece is intense stitching. Everything else is still on the table.

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13 comments:

  1. I lost track of the arithmetic -- what size is the finished piece?

    I like the diptych format very much. Isn't it great how pairing two seemingly unrelated fabrics can take on a life of its own? Good work!

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  2. Thanks Kathy. I failed to include the final size. It is 26.5" wide and 16.5" high. I think I may mat this piece and frame it. I think it is the very pronounced contrasts that makes this work as well as the kind of other world references.

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  3. Hey Terry they look great - we are so much on the same page!! love the contrast.

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  4. I like the concept and am looking forward to seeing where you take this one Terry.

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  5. Thank you Elizabeth, Leslie and Kathy. I am anxious to start another piece and appreciate your support.

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  6. Terry, these are fresh and exciting.

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  7. Oh Terry, this is off to a fabulous start. Just beautiful!!

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  8. Thank you Christine and Judi! I have another slice of this fabric on my wall and I'm ready to start Stage Two.

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  9. The stitching really makes it come alive!

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  10. Thanks Shayla! The stitching is sort of like "the magic" ingredient. If it works it is fantastic but it can also be the most direct route to destroying a piece.....trust me, I have done that more than once ;(

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  11. Wow, these are amazing so rich! Thanks for sharing.

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  12. Thank you so much Lynette. The richness is what feeds me. My current over riding working idea is Simplicity and Complexity and Stage One is a result of that exploration.

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