I made this wall hanging after looking at photos of the Grand Canyon, I was smitten with the different layers of colour in the rock strata and wanted to recreated that effect in felt. Now I have this very thick piece of felt (it's approx 2 ft across) and I'm not sure I like it but cannot figure out why. What do you think? what would you change?
Teri, it's very beautiful piece, colours are very true to the picture (I'd a look on your site because here the pictures are too small). Yes colours are fantastic and I really like surface design. If there is a problem, I'd look towards the way you positioned the elements of your overall design. To my taste they are too regular, I'd grouped them more together so that the area with ropes and empty space were separated more.
I went over and had a look on your sight too. I like it but it doesn't say Grand Canyon to me. Maybe they are to round. My husband and son walked in when I had it up and they both said archeological dig.
Not sure why, but it reminds me of Aboriginal art. I love the strata at the edges. If it was mine, I'd be tempted to use the same colour combinations to stitch on it, perhaps tree ring shapes fanning out from each ridge, connecting the shapes. Just 1 idea, it's an interesting piece.
& I looked at your monster on your blog, he really is super, love those eye stalks!
Post by luvswool and dyestuff on Feb 28, 2016 14:08:01 GMT
Teri, I didn’t see the Grand Canyon in your wall hanging either, but I think Jill is spot-on about Aboriginal art and the red earth of Australia. The texture and colors are brilliant. I see some hand-embroidery with a mixture of silk and perle cotton providing some sparkle and shine.
Post by blythwhimsies on Feb 29, 2016 17:40:36 GMT
I love the textures and coloured layers in the cutaway pieces. Definitely something archaelogical in those layers. It's the bits inbetween that look a bit bare and unrelated. Rows of free machine embroidery around and between the shapes to mimic the layers could look quite effective and would highlight the raised sections even more. I look forward to seeing what you end up doing with it as there are lots of good ideas here, but perhaps you will go in a different direction altogether, which is the fun of being creative.
I immediately thought Australia/aboriginal too before I read it: the serpent shapes, the concentric circles, the red, orange, black and white, and the cut aways look like agate, and Aus is known for minerals.
Maybe you just feel it doesn't represent what you wanted it to. But that's often the way when we use something for inspiration, it doesn't mean it isn't great
I've been doing a lot of stuff from that Start2 website and there are quite a few activities which use mind-maps, like word association, and it made me realise how we often do similar things in art, often subconciously, one thing triggers an association with another, whether it's words, colours, shapes or textures.
So, really Teri, your brain just did a complicated thought journey from the original Grand Canyon photo, through lots of memories and associations to produce your final piece. Like freewriting, but freefelting