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Stitched Art in Coastlines: Guest Blogger: Gillian Smith

October 9, 2016

Autumn Exhibition – Blog #7  – Level 3 Advanced Studies in Experimental Stitch – Asters

I am a passionate kayaker and love the shoreline where the sea meets the land, a constantly shifting scene with the movement of the tides. I chose the theme “coastlines” for this course, and although I have done many 2-dimensional island collage pictures, decided I just had to take the opportunity to create a 3-dimensional island with trees, shrubberies, rocks and seaweeds. I was looking for texture in a variety of techniques and Gail pushed me through much trial and error to find the best materials and proportions for this ambitious project.

I wanted to go beyond the familiar pictorial with images of spawning sockeye that I have been collecting for 6-8 years, ever since I since I saw a picture of their brilliant red and chartreuse coloration against the dull green river, another type of coastline. I was interested in using colour and layers, painting with dyes and transparent fabrics. How realistic or abstract would the piece be? I ranged through techniques learned in earlier courses and this one to put together what worked for my design ideas.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Barbara Fox permalink
    October 9, 2016 5:06 am

    Congratulations on your completion of Level 3 Experimental Stitch. Your work is wonderful and so representative of our coastlines. Your 3-D island is amazing. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  2. October 10, 2016 1:33 pm

    Exquisite imagery, texture, and colors! What a delightful journey of discovery.

  3. Penny Peters permalink
    October 10, 2016 7:37 pm

    I know I am in the Northwest when I look at your stitched textiles. Congratulations!

  4. October 10, 2016 11:15 pm

    I love your 3D piece. Wish I could see it in person 🙂 Makes me miss visiting the coastline.

  5. annihunt permalink
    October 11, 2016 10:50 am

    Beautiful Gillian, you have shown such a great sensitivity to your subject!

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