Friday, April 13, 2012

More Work in Progress

Today I finished the middle section depicting the river delta in the Turpan Depression.  This was a really difficult section to complete because it interlinks with the section below.  Whichever section I worked first was going to present difficulties as there are important landmarks in each section that help to proportion the work (I hope that makes sense!).

Here's how the whole thing is looking (more or less).  It's a very large piece and I am having difficult fitting all of it into one photograph.

Here's another attempt to capture the whole thing.  Click on the picture and you'll see a larger version.

Photographed from the right edge you can see a bit more detail and how the middle section fits with the top sections.

Detail of the right side of the work.  It was surprisingly difficult to work those meandering lines so that they looked random and natural.  Some worked better than others!

Interest is maintained by using various shades of relatively neutral colours.

This photo details the left one third of the work.  The brown sections will make more sense when the bottom portion is completed.

This photo shows the open weave texture of the whisper silk.

The line of black stitching near the top will be removed.  It was stitched to hold the whisper silk in place.  Even so, this fine, open weave silk fabric just wanted to fray at the slightest touch!

I probably won't have much time for stitching over the next two weeks leading up to my first solo show as my time will be taken up with distributing invitations and other organisational matters.  I'll post more about that as happenings arise.

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Michala Gyetvai (Kayla coo) said...

Hi Marta,
Beautiful colours.x

Marta Brysha said...

Thanks Michala

Seth said...

These images are spectacular. The color palette is muted but still so powerful and the texture you have achieved with the stitching is so very compelling. And a huge thank you for your comments on my blog.

Marta Brysha said...

NO worries Seth, I was just telling it like it is! Thanks for the encouragement. I've been enjoying doing this piece, but it has been challenging. I still have the last section to finish so still plenty of time to stuff it up if I don't tread carefully!

Maya Sara Matthew said...

The texture is amazing, I like the use of different stitches to give you different textures and the colours are wonderful. I wonder if you agonize at times about the choice of colour to use like I do and have to rip out bits because it just doesn't work. All part of the creative process I guess.

Marta Brysha said...

I do agonise over the choice of colours, but as I dye my own threads this happens before I start stitching. Of course, there are times when I find, during stitching that I really need a different colour, then it's back to the dyeing. These days I rarely have to pull bits out, but it does still happen. A couple of times on this piece I chose the wrong stitch for the texture. This is usually obvious after stitching a small bit, so it's not too much trouble.

One Artist Hand said...

WOW what an impressive piece.
The color and texture is amazing.
I could just kiss your hands, nice work.

Marta Brysha said...

Thank you OAH! My hands gratefully accept your kisses.