Friday, June 28, 2013

Three's Company

Time keeps flying and I perhaps need to put a priority on posting. The settling in process keeps being interrupted with crises like a leaky roof--not a great surprise, but we thought we would be able to wait at least a year to tackle this project. Not only did we have to choose a roofer but we also had to decide on a color for the shingles--not an easy task for someone who likes to actually see a fabric on the working wall    before she makes a final decision.

But I have been doing some work as well. Sitting and stitching at my studio window has restored my spirits on many afternoons. And I finally have something to show for it.

I had begun with a piece of intriguing snow-dye up on the wall and then I kept adding bits of hand-dyes until I got that zing that told me it was working. I am still experimenting with just fabric stitched to fabric--no fusing involved.
  So stitching all the pieces down gave me lots of that quiet stitching time.
I have always liked working with threes for its symbolism and design possibilities and that is where this piece began to take shape. It ended up being 19 1/2 x 13 3/4" and I christened it "Trinomial." Photographing it proved a challenge since my tripod and photography lights are still in Pennsylvania, but the color is not too far off.

And if your life has been quiet enough that you are still reading this, thanks for the company! And check our what's happening at Off the Wall Friday.


Vic said...

I see trunks holding up a dense canopy, suns (or moons) peeking through, and windows to enjoy the view. Maybe I'm just thinking of your new studio.

I love the depth that your snow-dyed fabric brings to this piece.

LA Paylor said...

oooh, remains of Atlantis at night.
Snow dyes, yummy!
LeeAnna Paylor

MulticoloredPieces said...

Hi, Madalene. Interesting abstract piece. The background is very interesting and three makes good balance. Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting!
best, nadia

Anonymous said...

I love the hand dyed fabric- and your wonderful abstract design. Are you working with cottons? The colors are so subtle but lively.

Oh- I have sympathy for your leaky roof! At the moment, my studio has one too- good luck with that project!

Karen S Musgrave said...

Love the movement and balance you achieved. BRAVO!

Madalene Axford Murphy said...

I am working with cottons in this, although I planning on venturing even more into silks this summer. Too bad about your studio roof--hope it hasn't ruined anything.

quilthexle said...

It's a lovely piece - so tranquil! And I love that you use three elements almost always, but only almost ;-)) the bit of tension added by the two lying rectangles is just perfect.