December 5, 2014

A New Textile: "Translucent Curves"

Translucent Curves, hand dyed wool on linen, 10 x 19 1/2 in.

The titles I use for my works are generally flatly descriptive, but I was tempted with this textile to be a little funny and metaphoric and call it Hill and Dale; then I thought, no, the idea of landscape will be annoying fixed on what is an abstract idea, so I changed it to Green and Pink Curves; but that missed a main component of the piece, which was the value shifts from lighter to darker in each hue, so I finally settled on Translucent Curves.

Translucent Curves studies

This is a page of thumbnail sketches, where I am working out some major decisions about color and about the direction of the hooking. Once I'd decided on the darker red/green on top of the image, there were several ways I could hook the piece: all-over curves, or two directions of curves, as in the bottom two sketches. I ended up going with the middle sketch, so as not to break up the flow of reds. Below is a detail of the meeting of the four colors, two directions of hooking. 

Translucent Curves detail


  1. No matter what you call it, it is wonderful. The texture in these small textiles are so fantastic. I just love them;

  2. love the detail and the sketches too!