Caro Higgs – Series #3 – Complementary
For my third in the series I have chosen to work in purple and yellow. I have continued with my butterflies, in the poem the child speaks of the last butterfly being “So richly, brightly, dazzling yellow.” By using my chosen colours I have read into the deeper meaning of the colours, the subject matter is not cheerful yet, for me, it is a way of acknowledging that which has gone before. I grew up being told that purple was funereal and in certain parts of the world it is associated with the loss of a loved one while yellow is optimistic, happy and energising except that the dull yellow is a sign of caution and decay…. I reckon that these colours are therefore well suited to the subject matter.
I have used commercial fabrics, the background ones were painted purple, the border being the fabric I used in the first of the series. The yellow butterflies were machine appliquéd and then the outlines of the two larger butterflies were sketched out with machine stitching using a variegated purple polyester thread and then hand stitched to give what I hope is an ethereal look. Again I used a variegated polyester thread, yellow this time, which changes colour with the change of direction of the stitches. I did try to get the hand stitch symmetrical but I failed on that score. It was also really difficult to photograph….
Other pieces in the series: