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processing process

02 Mar

This morning i realized i had better look at the big picture with the Leighton work, and really SEE what was going on. As i’ve mentioned before, when you do intensive hand work, you get rather myopic and can’t see the forest for the trees (or the other way around, i can never remember which as both make sense…).

The first thing i did on the background though was anchor the spot where the segmented moon will go. I don’t usually do this step before i “borgle”, but i need that (almost) perfect circle to be stable enough to get the boning in and to hold steady the moon itself.

centre for borglingThen i tried a couple of layouts with some blocking:

first layout blockingNope. Too squared off, though those solid blocks of indigo below the moon won’t actually be rectangles.

second layout blockingBetter, but now as much as i love that river strip, it doesn’t “work” within the context. I decided it will be a piece unto itself, as narrow as it is. I’ll back and stabilize it, probably have to weight the bottom too, to make it hang “straight”.

third layout blockingMmm, yes, better without the river strip, BUT now how do i deal with all that space down the side? For this one, i don’t have the usual option of “filler” in the form of personal iconography (bees, honeycombs, roses, body parts). Do i run another strip down the side of some other stitched enhancements?

final layout blockingWell then, TRIM IT. It’s not essential that it stay the background size i started with.

This was the first plan, not something i was entirely happy with, but it was a start.

original plan sort of

And what i realized i really wanted to do:

final blocking plan

Completely different from what i originally was going to do, but this one feels right. We are after all, supposed to be “inspired” by, not copy or emulate precisely. More borgles, a vertical orientation (for whatever reason i am more comfortable with this than horizontal–i wonder if there are any studies on the reasons people prefer one over the other???),  more of the dimensional fabric manipulation and definitely more personal. Those colour blocks of indigo will actually be behind some cut out areas again.

I can breathe again, now that i am on the right track. A long calendar lead is helping this time—i realized that i just can’t make things to fit within the parameters of some exhibits, whether it’s the size, the subject matter, the technique or the colour (fffff!), but this time i’m flowing and floating with it, and perhaps that’s because it’s a subject/feeling i can empathize with.

 

 

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Posted by on March 2, 2016 in Leighton work

 

3 responses to “processing process

  1. fiberels

    March 2, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    Ohhhh this is so nice to see the process, the trying, the shifting around …
    (it sounds sooo familiar 😉 !)

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    • arlee

      March 2, 2016 at 6:29 pm

      i figure everything gets shuffled at least three times 🙂

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  2. xolabajola

    March 5, 2016 at 11:38 am

    To me, vertical lines denote flow, forward movement, like a road in front of you and horizontal lines feel that they are crossing something out, they are stopping, diverting movement. *shrug* Just my wonky brain. Love how it’s going!

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