Who could resist , the sequel.

Who could resist , the sequel.

I simply had to develop one of the pieces from my play with multiple resist further. This particular piece intrigued me, and after we spent time together ie me staring at it for a considerable time, I knew where we were going. The centre felt like something had fractured, a cell broken apart. Having recently lost both my parents it felt like a metaphor for my grief and the feeling I was going through, emotions of pain and detachment. These became the red, pain, anger, hurt. The white, detachment, cold, an emptiness. And do our journey began.

To the original felted piece, I added some shaped prefelt which I added with a couching stitch. This gave me the raised effect. I then added beading from the centre of the “cell” out to either side. Throughout the whole piece, I chose a palette of white red black and grey ( there is a little exception to that but I will go further later ).

I wanted to use a material other than felt for the background of the piece and decided on mixed media. As a base, I used calico which I coloured with acrylic paint. As I turned out I needn’t of done this as I covered the whole piece in materials. I knew from the very beginning how the piece was going to turn out but wasn’t sure of the materials I was going to use to achieve the textures I wanted. So I had a play. I got several different materials and heat treated and used my embellishing machine to see the effects I could achieve.

For the red area, I decided upon prefelt with red satin added with the embellisher, heat treated tulle, crocheted wire and beads.

Arranging composition

In the white area, I decided upon prefelt embellished with satin I also heat treated a mixture of materials lutrador, plaid plastic bags and plastic netting (from a cheese sac) doing this gave the texture of ice which is what I wanted to achieve.

Developing the white area

For the other surrounding area, I cut up an old silk dress that had wonderful shades of grey. These were added with the embellisher around the edges. It had many shades of grey going to black so I could shade the composition. It did take the whole dress to complete it.

The base layer was now laid down so next I added the beading As part of the white area I wanted some raised beading so I beaded small clusters of beading on the net and glued the back. When dry I cut them out and arranged them on the piece.

In these little parts, I added only a couple of golden seed beads. My little sign of hope I suppose.

In the red area, I added beading in shades of deep red and dark green also many sequins which reflect light wonderfully. wire crocheted flame-shaped pieces were added radiating out into the grey area. I also embroidered with daisy chain stitch.

And so our journey ended. I have never worked on a piece that felt like a part of me more than this. Because of the lockdown here I am unable to get it framed but it will be. Then it will go on my wall

23 thoughts on “Who could resist , the sequel.

  1. We hope you can get it framed and on your wall soon. This piece is beautiful to anyone looking at it without knowing the story behind it.
    But reading about the emotions that went into its creation makes us look at it very differently.

    Thank you for sharing your story.

    1. Thank you that’s very kind. My creativity has always brought me such joy and satisfaction. I should of realised it would also bring solace at a very painful time.

    1. Thank you. It’s strange how a piece can speak to you. In this case hold my hand too.

    2. Thank you. Although quit painful at times I could speak through it that I couldn’t say to my close family who were grieving too.

  2. It was wonderful to see how you developed this piece and I love all the tiny details you’ve included. It’s a beautiful tribute to your parents and I’m sure it’s going to kickstart an exciting adventure for you felting with resists!

  3. I sometimes struggle with the emotional message behind a piece and just appreciate it for it’s appearance but this piece really speaks out during these difficult times. I think it is an extraordinary piece of work. Thank you for sharing.

  4. I’m sorry to hear of your loss, my condolences. I love all the mixed media that you used and you were brave to share your emotional story with us. Using your creative side for solace is a wonderful idea especially in times as difficult as this. I hope that when you get it framed that you will share it with us again. Take care.

    1. Thank you Ruth, that’s very kind. I am a very private person normally but the piece deserved its truth.
      I will share when it’s in its place. Take care and thank you again.

  5. Your heart & creative soul have gone into this piece producing a work rich in texture & materials. Thank you for letting us into your inner world.
    I hope this piece will be the start of your healing.

  6. I’m so sorry for your loss, but a wonderful way to work through your grief. The piece is stunning and meaningful.

  7. Wow, this resonated so much with me and my own grief at losing my mum. What a wonderful way to convey all the emotions we go through. Sending love, Lisa xx

    1. Thank you Lisa. Nothing prepares it for you does it. Sending love and thoughts to you also. We were the lucky ones, we had them in our lives and still in our hearts xxx

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