So when I started this piece, now called Disruptors, my focus was on the front. The images are strong geometric shapes with details that look like animals or confused beings. My challenge is to bridge the blocky forms with line work that makes sense.
I'm always looking for ways to bridge differences. I ask myself these questions:
- How does one fabric, color or texture relate to the next?
- Where are the direction lines in the composition?
- What would texture do to make this piece stronger?
- Where can I add an element of continuity without sacrificing the chaos that I am going for?
Bridging gives structure, action and depth.
I started here by outlining the blocky shapes with a bright orange thread. Then did some ricochet stitching in the white areas of the piece. By ricochet I mean that I travel across a space until I hit an imaginary barrier than pivot and do the same until I hit another. It's like a ping pong ball bouncing in an empty room. The texture often ends up being an assemblage of triangles. Those complement the triangles in my print. Each character in this stage has a unique personality. So I decided to use a different texture in each element. Easy right? The variety of the shapes and textures added to a sense of chaos and disruption and the orange thread pumped up the drama. I thought I had it.