Friday, 16 March 2012
Photo Friday: Ely Cathedral
Since we have been talking about Evolon this week, I would feature an Evolon piece, and, for a change, something that is unfinished, my own piece, Ely Cathedral.
This is a large scale piece (by my standards, anyway), 23" by 30" (58cm x 76cm), and was one of the first images I printed using my large scale printer. It is a digitally manipulated image of a stone in one of the walls of Ely Cathedral. I wanted to catch the way in which the stone was eroding naturally, as well as the man made incisions on the stone. Or are they? I think they probably are, but they are ambiguous enough to be natural, also... the viewer must decide.
Now, I have to finish that initial layer of stitch, and decide whether that is it, or not. My initial intention was to add a second layer of stitch, using a heavier weight of thread, and larger stitches, to see how that affected the texture. From yesterday's example, though, my suspicions about puckering have been confirmed, so I need to think again. One option would be to use Lutradur XL as a backing; I don't want to use fusible interfacing as it would make the cloth difficult to stitch by hand. I'm also wondering about those marks... do I find a way of suggesting that they are somehow lower than the rest of the piece... perhaps some sort of reverse trapunto, where the featured area is the one without any padding. I haven't decided, but I do hope you have enjoyed this particular trip round a work in progress. If you have any questions, please ask away.