Caro Higgs – Monoprint: My Midnight garden
Having produced this piece I realise that I need to practice more if I want to continue mono-printing! I started off with some cotton fabric which was dyed with pomegranates, it was then mono-printed with Procion dyes. Using the shapes that the impression had created I coloured in flowers which I then chain stitched, the grasses are screen printed at the bottom, I can almost see them on the edge of a pond. I found this a very hard exercise because my powers of imagination failed to work at the printing stage and I was unable to create the usual ‘story’ around the piece. It is however a midnight garden with plenty of moonlight and dew drops creating a sparkle, I have used very small stitches and sparkly thread to quilt randomly to hold the layers together where there aren’t any flowers. I have then added wax in places to produce a bit of a sheen.
The result of my efforts is more abstract than normal and probably more coloured, but, because there is no real story in my head to accompany the quilt, I feel that it is very shallow although I am relatively happy with the result.
Close up view: