Monday, May 14, 2018

These Violet Delights...

Violet, mixed media textile collage

You may recognize a few of these fabrics from my Easter Lily textile collage a short time back. A flagrant example of commitment avoidance. Violet began first but finished last -- because it was easier to fool around with the scraps than figure out how to play up this very dimensional flower.

This began as a sandwich of cotton tablecloth lace, vintage book page, and good ol' muslin. Watery glue stiffened it up quite nicely which gave me the idea of following the hardened lace with embroidery floss. But a focal point was needed as the actual flower pattern within the lace was too amorphous to read well. I tried rubbing an oil paint stick on certain areas to highlight but it wasn't enough.

Violet, mixed media textile collage, detail-a

Scrunching up sheer purple organza did the trick as it poufs up off the surface even as it reveals the page underneath. Then it became a matter of adding enough detail around it to draw attention without hiding the type printed texture nor leaving it a sea of plainness. 

Violet, mixed media textile collage, detail-b

In hindsight the adding in of details seems quite simple but my mind does not make it easy - I go through dozens of scenarios before finally choosing, and even then I may end up ripping out a fair amount of stitching. Add in a little nagging voice that asks why I'm not using this or that neglected  notion, and I'm a mass of resentment at having too many choices.

But once I'm on the path, it's a marvelous thing to watch the unfolding of color and texture. Bright turquoise and mysterious purple, glinty beads and intricate lace, smooth buttons and cushy perle.

Violet, mixed media textile collage, detail-c

Violet which measures 8" x 10" is now available in my Etsy shop:

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