May 2, 2014

A New Textile: "Construction (Red Circle and Bars) "

Construction (Red Circle and Bars), hand dyed wool on linen, 19 x 18 in. 

When I was working on the studies for this new piece, I was thinking of and looking at Malevich's Suprematist works, with their simple geometric forms moving and overlapping on a light ground....

Kazimir Malevich, Suprematist Composition, 1915; oil on canvas, 17 1/2 x 14 in. 

...such as this painting. Maybe some day I'll play with overlapping forms, but for now, I am hooking separate pieces that I then sew together. I mixed colors that were a less saturated and duller than bright primary or secondary colors. I wanted a softer effect rather than a brilliant one. One thing I regret: once I had the work sewn together, I felt that it could have used a red line at the bottom of the green rectangle; it would have unified the work a little better. It's something I couldn't see until the work was done and it was too late to change it. Oh well, the best laid plans.....

Construction (Red Circle and Bars) detail


  1. I love your new work here. It is so lively. It seems that the pieces might move to their own rhythm.

    1. Thanks so much, Lisa; I love your take on the piece.