I can't believe another two months have passed already and it's time for the next 'reveal'!
This time I have chosen a slightly unusual approach to the theme ('Love' ) by exploring sensory love. Sensory derives from the Latin sentire - to feel or perceive while love I've taken in the context of feelings, pleasure and emotions.
As a result, Moroccan Spice examines my love for:
- the visual aspect of the exotic and enticing mounds of spices found in Moroccan souks - markets and bazaars
- the colours of Morocco - spices, carpets, architecture, clothing and decorative embellishments
- the designs and colours of mosaics, which can vary from the ordered to the abstract and are often highly colourful
Given my current explorations into the possibilities of Inktense as a colouring medium, this piece has been dyed exclusively using Inktense. To prepare the work I first colour washed the background fabric using simple outlines for the major shapes. I then colour washed a larger piece in broad bands of colours, to be used for the mosaic pieces.
The process was then a gradual one of building up the lines of mosaic until I was satisfied. Each piece was individually fused and raw-edge stitched - this took quite a while!
The quilting occurs in the 'channels' between some of the mosaic tiles, using coloured threads and a little gold metallic thread.
|Detail 1 - mosaic pieces|
|Detail 2 - beading|
|Detail 3 - beading|
More of my work can be seen on my blog.