March 22, 2013

A New Textile: "Four Diamonds"

Four Diamonds, hand dyed wool on linen, 10 x 10 in.

This piece is another in my series of textiles with designs based on patterns, on repetitions of shapes (below, you can see four others in the series). I began with four diamonds centered on squares and chose colors based very loosely on Islamic tiles, thinking turquoise, dark turquoise and gold, but the dye color came out a bit differently––more greenish––than I expected. A bigger surprise came with the alternated background colors: 

Four Diamonds detail

A shape at the center was created that demanded attention, flipping from a negative to a positive shape, a broken diamond made up of four triangles; it was a shape that I didn't notice at all until the piece was completed, a bonus which had me confused as to how many diamonds I had, four or five? 

Here are four other works in the pattern series, all 10 inches square.