Hello again. It's been a while! I'll recap what has happened since my last post, before I get to what I'm working on right now.
The piece I was working on when I posted last was finished soon after. I tried out a few different arrangements of "bananas" before I found one that made me happy, then I sewed them onto the woven background one by one, tweaking and refining as I went.
After that, I applied for two exhibitions of mini-textile art. The first, in Veere, the Netherlands, was asking for submissions of textile art no larger than 20x20x20cm. I submitted a piece which combined some fabrics I had dyed that reminded me vaguely of light skin colours: light pink avocado dye, and two pale beige-y shades obtained from tree bark. For the shape I was going for something finger-like, and although that isn't exactly what the finished piece reminds me of, I'm still very happy with it. So was the selection committee apparently, because I was accepted and the piece was shown in the Grote Kerk (large church) in Veere in a group exhibition.
The greatest thing about being in an exhibition in this very church was that I used to go on holiday to Veere with my parents when I was a child, and I always found the church so striking. The size of its tower is somehow completely out of proportion with the rest of the building, and the entire thing is ridiculously chunky, rising far above the quaint fishing village. It seems so out of place now, but in the past Veere was an important trading port, and someone must have hoped that it would grow to do justice to such a large church. I always wanted to know what the inside looked like, but I never could have imagined that one day a work of mine could be exhibited there!
The other textile art exhibition allowed for two pieces measuring a maximum of 30x30x30cm each. The two pieces I created are titled Lutum and Limus (Latin for clay and mud, respectively) because that is what the colours reminded me of - the grayish-black of dark, smelly lake mud and the reddish shades of terracotta clay. I still can't decide which of the two I like more.
This exhibition took place in two separate locations in the Ukraine, which not only makes me an internationally exhibited artist (yay!) but also meant that I had to ship the pieces across almost the entire continent, hoping that postal workers along the way would treat them gently. Fortunately, all went well and they came back to me in good shape. You can see some picturese of both shows under work/exhibitions.
After this, I continued dyeing fabric, wool and paper, but as I didn't have a specific goal to work towards anymore, things slowed down for a while. Which isn't to say that I didn't do anything, though! The entire reason I started this blog is that I often do a lot of work creating materials (such as dyed fabric) that doesn't lead to a finished piece right away, but ends up being used somehow way down the line, and I wanted to share that process. Which I'm goin to try and do more regularly again.
So, see you next time?