Thursday, July 6, 2017

Stitching the floodplain

The first part of The Land as the Crow Flies (20" high x 15" wide) has been basted down using Jude Hill's glue stitch ...


I played around by imposing an angled frame with a 4 1/2" square opening and a 5 1/2" exterior over each cloth-woven square ...


basted down the raw edges up to the inner frame dimensions ...


which is easier to see from the back ...


then cut away the excess ...


and started overlapping the pieces so they were effectively 5" to a side ...


After which I played around with different arrangements until I settled on one that represented some of the major features on the floodplain (dry creek bed channels, scoured bedrock, poverty weed patches, etc.) ...


Next up will be the greener, tree-covered part of the property, as depicted in these composite shots ...




Here's hoping I'll be as happily surprised by the results as Parker is here ...


(Seriously, I'll use any excuse to include grandkid pictures in my posts)

16 comments:

Vicky aka Stichr said...

hehehe....I tend to add GD pix whenever possible too.

I really like this floodplain so far, and the jumble of 'tree' scraps works too. Smart, skewing the blocks AFTER weaving them. I would have skewed as I wove, so the land would have been cockeyed.

Mo Crow said...

love your crow's eye view!

Joyce L said...

So interesting to see how you are constructing this view. Love the colors. Thanks for showing your process and thoughts.

Hunter said...

This is amazing! I love seeing the inspirational photos. Thank you so much for sharing the process. This is great fun.

Missed you.
Hunter

Marti said...

Beautiful echoes of your land, in color, in design, in texture; there is such a deep sense of knowing that comes from your reverence Liz in treasuring your landscape of home. I've been thinking about how it is for those of us who use cloth to speak of landscape and today, as sometimes happens, a gift of finding this quote from the Irish philosopher, ex-priest and poet, John O' Donohue who said:

"When you bring your body out into the landscape, you bring your body home where it belongs. When you step outside, it matters if you see landscape as a location or if you see it as walking into a living place."

Liz A said...

Thanks to all for the encouragement ...

And I commend the quote in Marti's comment to your attention: "Walking into a living place" ... then honoring it in cloth.

Sue McQ said...

Awesome work, Liz! You continue to amaze and inspire me with your needle art. Miss P's expression speaks volumes.

Liz A said...

Thanks Sue ... the eyes have it

beth from still life pond said...

Love, love. love this Liz. Tilting the grids... Why have I never considered this?

deemallon said...

I've seen many 'map quilts' over the years -- many of them impressive -- and this one is right up there with them. maybe more suggestive than some of the literal ones, and I like that. What a great method.

Liz A said...

Beth - Glad you like it ... I love to "think out of the box"

Dee - Thanks for liking the wonkiness ... I'm trying to see like a crow

Judy Martin said...

Liz, this is a wonderful piece. Your method of finding wonky angles within the straight woven grids is inspired. Thank you for sharing it here.

wow and wow.
xo

Liz A said...

Judy - Thank you ... I have to credit Jude Hill's collage patching for the idea of turning grids on end. It delights me that the way I got there is resonating with others.

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

you know that i come here a lot to avail self of your side bar that has
everyone on it

and this one i have sat with over and over, long moments, and
come to be so peaceFULL in this Sitting With...

and i see it as part of a very large Cloth....over years. maybe a
lifeTime

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

the photograph of Parker Mae .......eeeeee

Liz A said...

Grace - Love that you come here and find peace ... not to mention sharing joy