Joan Brailsford – Country – Landscape
Inspiration: I am inspired by my trip to the Norwegian fjords in summertime many years ago.. I used a library picture which is more detailed than my own, but which depicts what I had in my mind
I love the Norwegian scenery and had a lovely holiday there many years ago when walked extensively in the mountains, but for this challenge I decided to depict the fjords which are so much a part of the Norwegian landscape. My design is a departure from my normal way of working, as I wanted to simplify the shapes and present the view in a stylised way.
I have used blocks of hand-dyed cotton for each of the mountains, with silk fibres and merino wool additions to give detail. I used painted silk for the water, and used simple lines of machine quilting to emphasise the shapes in the hills, and ripples in the water. I added hand stitched details to hold down the fibres, and to give depth and detail to the areas of vegetation. The final result is not an exact copy of the pictute on which I based it, but is my simplified interpretation.