Yellow/Blue Diptych, hand dyed wool on linen, 2 panels each 12 x 9 1/2 in.
Diptychs create tension between two parts, allowing for an energy that would not exist in either panel on its own. In this piece I was interested in the way the two similar shapes would play against each other in the space between the panels.
Rather than have a single solid color as a background for each shape, I decided to dye a variegated ground made up of the two colors. I spot dyed the fabric by scrunching it up in a wide pan and dropping color here and there on it.
I hooked the variegated wool in a random pattern, to give it more of a background feel....
....while the two shapes are hooked in line with the edges of the shapes, which makes them seem more solid. After I decide on a composition and work out the color, after dyeing the wool, the next decision is the direction of the hooking; the loops of wool are a little like brushstrokes, which can change the form and feeling of a painting.