Green Ribbon, hand dyed wool on linen, 7 3/4 x 21 1/2 in.
Here is my third piece in an illusionistic series of works, shaped pieces using value shifts to give a sense of form, of curving in and out, of twisting. It's fun for me to be using using thin strips of cloth, via the rug hooking technique, to represent a piece of whole cloth. The representation is a bit clunky and crude, as opposed, say, to painting it, but I believe it still has some presence.
Green Ribbon detail
This detail shows more clearly the shift in values; even here the illusion is strong, arguing against flatness, though the piece is perfectly flat. I get these colors by dipping a long piece of cloth in the dyepot, in and out, with the end of the cloth most often in the pot getting darker than the end dipped lightly into it. A range of values from light to dark can be achieved that way.
Here are two "ribbon" textiles hanging in the studio, along with a painting, and another textile with volumetric forms. It's amazing to me how much more illusionistic the shaped pieces are; without the surrounding rectangle they seem to be what they portray.