This is what I have been working on during and after Chapter 6, as well as avoiding the Decorators, who are coming back next week to do the Hall and Stairs. Oh Joy!
Some Easter Eggs I turned into brooches
Bay leaves on Habutai and Nappy liner to applique on Laura’s Stole
The Cross actually fits on top of the Lozenge, and goes over the bottom of the longer spray of Bay (Laurel)
The Angels are stitched onto gold organza (I used Aquatics paper – brilliant!) and will be stitched over the leaves: shorter angel on the shorter spray, taller above the Cross and Lozenge.
An evening bag using sari ribbon and silk carrier rods. (Pattern from Stef Francis).
Layout of ‘Saturday Saris’
Rajput Fragment: Saturday Saris
Mughal Fragment: Behind the Screen
The Bag and the two Indian themed pieces are for the Branch Exhibition in the Autumn – I am going to float mount the Indian pieces on Artists’ Prepared Canvases. Some years ago, the class went to the V&A, and amongst the items I drew was a geometric Mughal screen. I always wanted to do a piece based on it, I started off by ‘twirling’ the picture using Paint Shop; I cut out some of the swirls to make windows, but they were not close enough together to use for an idea I found in one of Maggie Grey’s books. So I compromised by tearing holes in a piece of handmade paper. I printed green elephants (bad choice) onto a dyed piece of an old table napkin. It looked dire with the blue paper on top, so I used blue paint instead. I then worked horizontal and vertical blocks of plain and patterned stitching in complementary colours to augment the screen idea. You can see the elephants through the holes.
The Saturday Saris came from Chapter 7 and the Bag: couching Sari ribbons onto the horrible green elephants (just about visible in places). When our daughters were teenagers, they and I went to stay with friends in Huddersfield, we went to the Park on a beautiful hot day, and there were all these lovely saris. We had never seen anything like them, and the girls thought rather than ‘Sunday Best’, these were ‘Saturday Saris’. I have since seen them up close at the daughter of a Hindu friend’s Rite of Passage Ceremony, to which we were invited. The Lord Ganesh, the elephant-headed god is prominent in their worship, hence the elephants. When I had finished the Sari piece, it didn’t look quite right when I held it up to the mirror, so I added another shisha mirror, urgently ordered some giant sequins on line, and to my great delight, there was a green elephant amongst them.