I am working on this:
This is a piece that I began as a project for my book, but that I it messed up and put it aside. Although I have been attending some knit groups, I have not felt inspired to knit. Instead, I bring sewing projects. I embroider, bead and enjoy the company of my fellows. This piece was taken out of hibernation, in order to sit and stitch at knit group.
So the thing I messed up is the word, Asperum. It is Latin for violent, fierce, rough and I like this as a sentiment, though I gravitate to the meaning 'fierce' the most. Originally the word was white and much too bright. In a blithe moment, I rolled some red dye over the word and fell out of love. So. I have taken the piece back in and am trying to make it work again.
So to accentuate the white organza, I stitched some cross stitch type marks. I think it helps the word sit back some too.
And then to draw attention to the printed texture below, I have done these organic lines.
But I don't think this piece is quite complete. I don't know what more it needs, but I am now willing to see the piece through.
In an effort to brainstorm what I am trying to say, at the time I made this piece we were living in a conifer forest. The weather was tempestuous. The forest had been dry for months and the rainy season, which began as thunderstorms with lightening were close, but not quite present. These lightening storms were a source of worry, because wild fires were an issue.
Birds are a personal love for me and I often read about their dwindling yearly numbers and this worries me.
So ferocity. The ferocity of weather and my love of birds and our planet.
Right now I think the piece is clean in appearance and I think I would like it to stay that way-to an extent. But. It needs more, and not the glitz beads might provide... So more embroidery? hmmm. I just got an idea! And all for writing about it.
What do you think? Do you have ideas?