Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Unforgotten in cloth, felt and stitches

For a while now, I've been wanting to combine the various media and techniques I've learned into one piece. I challenged myself to do just that in this piece entitled "Unforgotten".  Inspired by the poem by Robert Service, I wet-felted the background and then added details in fabric and stitches to render the written into the visual. The images can be enlarged by clicking on them.

I know a garden where the lilies gleam,
And one who lingers in the sunshine there;
She is than white-stoled lily far more fair,
And oh, her eyes are heaven-lit with dream!
I know a garret, cold and dark and drear,
And one who toils and toils with tireless pen,
Until his brave, sad eyes grow weary – then
He seeks the stars, pale, silent as a seer.
And ah, it’s strange; for, desolate and dim,
Between these two there rolls an ocean wide;

Yet he is in the garden by her side
And she is in the garret there with him.
Poem by Robert Service
merino and corriedale wool roving, cotton, linen, embroidery thread, beads, cord, hand wet felted, machine and hand stitching


shiborigirl said...

I love, love, LOVE this, Christie! Great job. It's so much fun to see your art growing by leaps.




SweetbriarStudio (Christie) said...

Wowee! Thanks Kate. I'm happy I stuck with it. I was doubting its potential early on. Thanks for the pats!

Eva said...

Spirits wandering about in a garden. How beautiful.

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

Unforgotten...these images gave
me goosebumps. exquisite.
and interesting more, because
someone offered me some morino
(moreno?) wool today. i almost
said no...then remembered
anyway, i will be here from now on.
thank you for coming by, g