Before I chose this theme, I found a drawing that I had done in college many moons ago. The exercise had been to draw the negative space around a figure, leaving a white image. After seeing it, I really wanted to do a piece using this technique, so when it came my turn to choose the theme, I thought space would be very appropriate.
Little did I know that the piece would become so personal to me in such a sad and emotional way. As many of you know, we lost our little dog in a very tragic way, so this piece depicts the emptiness and immense sadness I feel around losing him.
The white figure is my empty space, my whole body and being. The free motion quilting spirals are the confused, swirling emotions I felt at the time, and still do. I wanted the background to be quite busy and colourful to contradict the feeling of empitness in the figure. I didn't do a lot of quilting on the background as I wanted to focus to be on the figure with its heavy spiral quilting.
I had trouble with the perspective of the piece and I am not really happy with the table, however, I feel I have fulfilled most of my goals for the challenge. I was also influenced by Annabell Rainbow's work for this piece.
Materials used: Commercial cottons, shot silk, white linen, silk organza.