The Landscape Series
This panel was inspired by a walk one dark foggy autumn evening. The council had failed to sweep the leaves before painting the new yellow lines on the road, as the leaves rotted the result was these wonderful natural stencils. The challenge here was to create a yarn blend that caught the light like the reflective paint at night. the green moss grows on my own road in the cuts made by the still saws in the tarmac when telecommunication systems were being installed.
This Tapestry woven in silks, mohair and linen came about after seeing the golden cut ends of Sitka fir tree logs weeping resin waiting to be transported. I designed it literally on the back of a brown envelope sat in a car park on a rainy day in Scotland. The background is woven in silks and wools with mohair used to create a raised texture, the logs are woven in wools linens with small additionss of lurex thread to represent the resin.
Inspired by a trip to beautiful Rannoch Moor this Tapestry explores the relationship between the smooth hard surface of the tree stumps and the wet acidic bog they sit in. I hand spun some of the yarns used in the moss sections myself. The red background colour came from a lichen I found growing amongst the mosses.