It’s the last Friday of the month so it’s time again to check in on our series projects!
Each month I try to explore why other artists work in series. Artist Vanessa Turner wrote a compelling blog post outlining several reasons for working in a series. While she is a painter I think all of her points apply to all art.
This month is the month that I am really starting to see the point of my shibori series.
Failures are a great reason for a series. If you know you are going to do more you can take risks and you can fail. This month I had some failures because I’m trying to do more complex designs and it takes practice to master complex designs.
Let’s start with the biggest failure. I’m not even sure if you can see that I was going for kind of a pumpkin seed pattern here. I stitched it diagonally from edge to edge and I think that the threads just got too knotted up at the cross sections. I’ll try this one again but I think I’ll try to stitch around the individual pumpkin seed shapes.
This one isn’t a total disaster. In the first photo you can see that I stitched the lines first. Then I tied the circles and then drew up the lines.
Oops, I missed a couple of lines! I think that they probably got caught under the ties for the circles. I want to do this one again.
This one was, by far, the most difficult. Surprisingly it was the most successful! See how tiny the knots are? With each one of these I do I’m trying to get the knots closer together.
These are 2 pieces that I clamped using my new itajime pieces. The small piece on the left is done with squares. The piece on the right is a half yard and is done with 2 sets of circles. If I had been thinking I would have created edges so that this could have been sewn into something as a complete panel.
Something else to remember as I continue the series!
Are you working on a series or starting a new series? If so, link up below and share it with us.