stitching trees

It all starts with a walk – documenting the landscape with photographs (smart phone LGK20), feeling the space, the landscape and the trees.

Next step – scribble a few landscapes inspired by photos — emphasis on shape, form, negative space, abstract tree forms – (I’ve always had a soft spot for folk art and Marimekko) – then I took an old pair of jeans and cut out panels. Bleached some of it to almost white and kept some original blue.

Since at this time we are on ‘stay at home orders’ July 2020 – I had to work with materials I could find in the house — all my art supplies are currently on the other side of the country – I was reminded of people in war torn areas – or people who have little but still make a lot. Self talk – I have no excuse not to craft – seek and ye shall find!

  1. next stage — cut out the shapes of the trees and stitch them down to the bkg jean fabric using a simple running stitch, add tree stems.
  2. photographed the panels and played around with some digital image manipulation – sort of stirring the pot for inspiration to float to the surface. I like allowing the process tell me what to do next.
  3. paint the surface using dry brush strokes of acrylic gesso and some craft paint.
  4. photograph again – play with some more digital image manipulation.
    (stirring the pot some more)
  5. start embellishing with stitches