Since my last post I've been to Quilt Canada down in Lethbridge -- about 4 1/2 or 5 hours' drive south and slightly west of here -- for four days. Almost immediately upon my return I worked three days in the shop (rather than my usual two), filling in for my part-time colleague who was off attending the university graduation of one of her daughters.
This past Saturday I spent the day in Stettler, Alberta inside The Cabinet of Curiosities, an art gallery, art supply and framing shop, showing several of my pieces at the annual Art Walk. The rainy weather put a damper on the turn-out, though, so although I had some lovely inquiries, they were few and far between. The best I can say about the day was that I got quite a bit of handwork done. All my pieces are finished as to facings and sleeves, and I made great progress on my June Sock for the Socks-from-Stash challenge.
In between I've been catching up on correspondence, doing Rep work for SAQA and -- at long last -- working out my piece for the Master Class for June. The theme is (wait for it)..."Layers".
Since the topic was announced I've been pondering trees, layered as the are around here in stands of aspen and/or evergreens...
I began the exercises with stencils bought recently from Joggles. com. One is of tree trunks alone, and one, of a tree, which I traced without the leaves.
I enlarged the traced trunks, extracted a piece of the branches, traced it separately, enlarged that, and layered it over the trunks, thus, as assigned:
For the second, I traced the tree (leafless) several times, layering one tracing on the another:
I did a third sketch, placing the traced tree over a completely different sketch -- a landscape of prairie. As it has been rejected out of hand by both myself and EB, I'll not include it here. :-)
However, here's her feedback on the other two:
First, on the tree trunks:
This one is very interesting...nice stencils I"m not quite sure how the horizontal bits related but they make a good contrast to the vertical structures..if you can might be worthily printing the same image sideways over the original image...I think the white trunks and branches looked really good against the deep blue back ground...and the square format is very "in" right now - looks good!!I had to remind her that the "horizontal bits" were there at her instruction. :-) Once I identified the source of the "bits" she had more to say...
|Identifying the origin|
of the "horizontal bits"
Okay!!! thanks...I see it now..I'm away from home on a small lap top and sometimes it's hard to get a really good look at these things. Looking at that detail what might be rather fun would be to take just the skinny branches, enlarge and overlay them - in the same orientation. I do like the overall idea.
About the cluster of trees, EB wrote:
This one would work well with cropping...try cropping right down to the edges of the branches and the trunk....I really like the way the branches overlap and interact. I'd make this the one to work from.
As a result, I've gone with the tree cluster. First, I cropped the sketch as she suggested:
I rather like the effect. Then I played with layers on a batik background, thinking that I might in the end paint at least one of the trees.
I used painted fusible web (Wonder Under) for the top left tree, layering over it a tree cut from a brown sheer fabric (drapery), and then a white paper tree (the paper layer from the WU). I originally thought I'd just stitch the third tree in a high-contrast thread; now, seeing how low value the whole piece is at present, I might go with fabric (as yet to be selected):
|Original photo of layered trees|
|Same photo - "auto-enhanced" in photo editor (not PhotoShop)|
|Grey-scale of the original photo|
You can see how the middle tree disappears...
And so...I await her feedback...and link up to WIP Wednesday on The Needle and Thread Network, which I've not visited in weeks. Come along and let's see what's up there, eh?
And maybe Friday, if the rain stops, I'll get into the garden, where the peonies are in bud and the roses await...
|"Never Alone" Rose|