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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