Thursday, April 12, 2018

Easter Lily

Easter Lily, mixed media textile collage

Put the finishing touches to this Easter themed collage the day after so while I may be technically a day late and a dollar short, I'm going to parlay this into first out the gate for next year's holiday.

My 6" x 10" banner started out as an experiment for another project using the same fabrics. How would they look tea-dyed? Pretty decent but decided I preferred the original color saturation instead.  

Regardless, couldn't leave well enough alone. These muted orphans made their own home as a background for another great what-if: a flower made from lace tablecloth scraps. And since Easter was coming up and these are holiday colors, why not make that flower a lily. 

Easter Lily, mixed media textile collage, detail-b

My embroidery scheme is made up as I go along. I'm lucky if I can envision one or two steps ahead. And it's not unheard of to pull out a "done" section if it doesn't settle right. That being said, I felt particularly satisfied with the scroll stitched petal edges. The height emphasizes the lily as the focal point.

Easter Lily, mixed media textile collage, detail-a

I don't necessarily try for symbolism in my stitching motifs. Either it works as a design element or it doesn't. (Otherwise I'd fall down a rabbit hole of puzzles, clues, and gotcha. Precious and annoying.) Had hoped it would be obvious that those white knotty things below the lily were suggestive of lilies themselves, as in "lilies of the field" (Jesus' Sermon on the Mount) but they could be read as birds (as one viewer observed) or just somethings that create pleasing texture.

Easter Lily, mixed media textile collage, detail-c

The Y's on their sides with a french knot "head" - there are 12 or 13 if you include the one off by itself (Judas!) - are my quiet nod to the apostles. It wasn't pre-planned but developed itself as I counted out the spacing to liven up that edge.

The blue blanket stitch spirals hopefully suggest positive energy and dynamism - as in the dynamism of a living faith. One path (of many!) is offered in the blooming cross at the picture's bottom. Make of that what you will.

In Easter Lily then, rather than making a statement I wanted to spark a happiness in the viewer, an awareness of joy and a sense of possibility in her (or his) own life. Rebirth. Renewal.

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