20. Apr, 2018

The Leaf Art that Began as a Disaster

This is a large Taro leaf. I had decided I wanted to try stitching on this a la Alice Fox. I thought I would press the leaf first because it was very large and very soft. My original intention was to so some weaving in the middle. After 10 days under a heavy weight I got a shock when I took the leaf out. The green had turned gold and the leaf was so fragile. I decided if I was going to do anything with it I would need to sandwich it between layers of organza. The rib-lines were still quite bold and strong but the leaf bits in between were very fragile. You can see where some of them tore as I stitched. This still has to have the edge tidied up but it has developed into something that has a life of its own. The soft beige of the dried leaf is enhanced by the gold organza and I have put some embellishments under the organza to add interest. It has turned out much better than I thought it would and as a stitch meditation it made me think about how things age and the structural elements that support young (fresh) and old. I have osteoarthritis in my spine so the strength of the mid-line became a focus for me. I might even frame this if I can find a frame large enough