January 22, 2015

A New Textile: "Shield"


Shield, hand dyed wool on linen, 19 1/2 x 14 in. 


While doing some thumbnail sketches, finding ideas for new textiles, I kept coming up with separate panels, two or 4 part pieces, either related or attached. Then, with the diptych idea above, came the notion of pulling the two panels together by adding a shape behind, something like the curved form of a shield. I liked the way it added a new element to my way of composing. The color is  red/yellow/blue, but not pure hues. 


Shield detail


When I wrote above of the "shape behind", it is only illusionistically behind, since all the hooking is on the same plane, on a flat surface. The two squares seem to be floating on top of the dark red background shape: by having their edges overlap the dark red, by hooking the wool in different directions on the shield and inside the squares, an illusion of depth is created. Fun!


6 comments:

  1. How did you get your color inspiration for this piece? I've been following your work for a while now; would love to know if you'll be having an upcoming show.

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    1. I don't know, ak, except that I started with an idea of red/yellow/blue, but not as pure colors.
      I'll be having a show of my textiles in Wellesley MA in June, at David Hall Fine Arts.

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