Words after long silence

I seem to have got caught up in various local busynesses and family catastrophes lately and ignored the blog.  So – moving backwards – my current assignment is the last of the Drawing Techniques group, though being demented, I am doing it before the previous one, which is full-figure drawing. The final is to produce three designs of tapestries to be used as gifts for visiting diplomats(!), on  several Ozzie themes.

1 – Here is my take on the savannah:

savannah1

This was   derived in steps by enhancing a photo and then pixellating part of it:

orig

enhanced

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 2 The second design is The Reef – done straight as a drawing:

reef

3 and finally – a floral theme – based on a drawing I have posted previously – the Kuranda Railway Station’s plants on steroids – but this time  without the steam engine!

floral

These pieces still have a lot of work to do – they are to be presented framed, in a portfolio, with artist’s statements and a development trail of notes and preliminary sketches and drawings. Phew!

MEDITATION ON BAMBOO

The last tapestry I completed  was for the so-called ‘Environmental tapestry’. assignment. Here again I used a drawing I had done in the north – this was about A5 size:

cl tropicana

 and translated into a tapestry of about 46 x 30 cm:

bamboo

FINAL ASSIGNMENT – A SMALL TAPESTRY

The last assignment for this year is completely open. I am planning my largest piece to date. It will be about 44 x 59 cm. Currently the loom is warped up, I have set leashes (also for the first time), and the floor and waste are in and the cartoon is marked up. This piece will let me work on letters for the first time too. The design is fairly bland – it is a meditative wall hanging called a ‘shiviti’ – with the lettering in Hebrew:

shiviti-2

I am still considering the colour scheme – the legend says that the letters are written in ‘black fire’ – but I don’t know about that.

Enough for now!

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6 responses

  1. Thanks, artist, weaver, gardener, mother and grandmother, home food gatherer, political sceptic, modest future eater, and much much more from across the big ditch! Always a big kick when a professional comments positively!

    November 12, 2013 at 9:05 AM

  2. Stephenis Collin

    Your designs are looking really good Misha.

    November 12, 2013 at 7:31 AM

  3. Thanks, Mary – yes, you are right! ‘Enhanced’ is hardly the word. In my formal write-up I have called it “sharpened and oversaturated”.

    As to the leashes – have done a couple of passes already and so far they make an amazing difference to ease of picking up warps. I’m using a shed-stick too. Will soon know if these are improvements worth sticking with.

    November 11, 2013 at 7:31 AM

  4. Mary

    Thanks for showing some development of the idea. I liked the colour enhancement (if you can call it that) in the photo, it showed me where the pixilated colours came from. Good luck with the larger tapestry. I have never used leashes either. It will be interesting to hear your take on them.

    November 10, 2013 at 9:56 PM

  5. Thanks, Michelle. You too seem to be having fun with that multi-harness loom!

    November 5, 2013 at 11:06 AM

  6. Nice work Misha! 😉

    November 5, 2013 at 9:48 AM

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