Caro Higgs – Circles- Indian Screen
At present I am trying to be more focussed with my work and am therefore trying to work with a theme which is evident in everything I do so I need to adapt every subject to fall in with this plan . My trip to India gave me a lot of ideas and inspiration which I hope to reinforce next year. India is very often represented in textile work with its vibrant colours, I am attracted more to the shape and form.
This piece is adapted from a photograph of a stone ‘screen’ window; very often these screens are carved in stone or marble but this one was cast in a mould and the result was not smooth. I love this idea of having something through which one can see glimpses of something else. In this case there was another ‘screen’ composed of square bricks with ‘cut-out’ circles in them. I have worked the central motif using aquarelles and puffa paint to give the roughness and irregularities of the surface. There were little circles on the trunk part which I have printed and then puffa-painted. I wanted the leave the edges free to give the impression of space between the two surfaces, so the motif is on vilene with the edges oversewn and attached with machine stitching away from the edge, except for the ‘trunk which is not attached directly to the background. The background itself, a piece of Indian cotton fabric dyed with walnuts is printed with a lino print which I have hand quilted to give more definition. This idea has created a series and I am plying around with developing the same idea further. I am not entirely happy with the colouring on the motif but it was white with tinges of different colours and shadows, I don’t think I made them subtle enough! All the printing was done with fabric paints.
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