Yes, I have another sale and exhibition starting next week with Women of the Cloth. Yes, I should be making work to sell and exhibit. So why am I spending time instead on experimental work?
Well, sometimes I get a creative itch I just have to scratch. With a personality that veers uncomfortably close sometimes to OCD (just ask ESP) I can’t help myself.
So this week I returned to shibori felt. After the vessel I made a couple of weeks ago, I tried making a flat piece – that is, a piece that started out as flat, rather than around a resist.
The next obvious step (for me!) was to make another piece in undyed wool, bind it, and then dip it in the indigo vat.
This second piece was smaller than the first (around 8cm across compared with 12cm), as I thought I might be able to do something practical with it, like make it into a brooch. However, I think the contrast of the blue and white isn’t really effective on this smaller scale – it needs to be larger to be seen properly.
I also love the effect on the reverse side of all these pieces.
Looks like I will have to make another vessel, this time dyed with indigo and turned inside out. But maybe after the exhibition is finished.
Or maybe I will display these pieces as work in progress – what do you think?
Back to the scarves…