Caro Higgs – Water – Lake Baringo
When visiting Kenya a couple of years ago it was depressing to see what damage had been caused by the rising level of water in a couple of the lakes I visited. While there was a shortage of water in the villages the lakesides had been flooded by the lake destroying a lot of farmland and buildings seriously impacting on daily life in the area. The smart tourist hotels on the lakeside were flooded and the new medical dispensary on Kokwe island was washed out not long after it had been built. Without tourism life was hard and the scenery along the lake stark and a little hostile (not that the hippos were bothered!).
I wanted to use this as my starting point, water is necessary for life but also devastates life. Working roughly from a photo I took I have added the flooded rocks and trees, the later now dead, to the water. Painting on a silk cotton fabric I created the water, then I inserted the pieces, the trees already stitched , in to the main fabric and appliquéd them by machine. I added some wool at the base of the rocks to give them a slimy look, this was poetic license because the minerals in the lake don’t encourage growth…
The water is quilted by machine following the lines of colour, I wanted to produce something that showed the moods of the water with the light playing on the surface.
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