Joan Brailsford – Water – The lake in the woods
This piece was inspired by a glimpse of still water I spotted as we drove past a small wood. The colours and their reflection struck a chord with me, and I wanted to re-imagine it as it appeared in my mind’s eye. I hesitated slightly about doing this when I realised that our next challenge following this one would be ‘reflection’, but once the idea was in my mind it wouldn’t budge!
This is a whole cloth background which was space-dyed in the microwave. I created the water line first to ‘anchor’ the design, then added the trees by couching down knitting wool, and the vegetation by couching silk fibres and merino wool tops, both of which I teased out to give the desired thickness. I quilted the upper area by hand using a running stitch along the line of the tree trunks, and seed stitches in the vegetation. I then drew in the tree and vegetation reflected colours and shapes using Inktense pencils and blocks. Over the top of these I added transfer dyed organza to depict the water and I added quilting in a vaguely rippled pattern using shiny threads.
I had hoped that the finished piece gives the impression of a quiet place where trees meet the water, which is what I first imagined.
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