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:
This was derived in steps by enhancing a photo and then pixellating part of it:
2 The second design is The Reef – done straight as a drawing:
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!
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:
and translated into a tapestry of about 46 x 30 cm:
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:
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!