24 July 2012
let the stitching commence
I started stitching this morning. I have rather a lot of it to do. Of course I knew this, but it is only in actually starting the process and spending a good part of today on it that it is clear just how long it will take me to do it all!
The stitches serve two purposes: they fix the silk pieces to the felt and they add texture and marks to those already in the silk. They can help to blend the different pieces together and accentuate certain areas. I am purposefully keeping some of the creases in the silk as the reflective qualities of these are what give a similar feel to the reflection of water and wet sand. My stitches can help to fix these in place and add reflective qualities of their own. In placing the stitches I am responding to the marks on the silk, using the boundaries of colour already there and thinking about how material is sorted and arranged on the beach.