... and since music is also a large part of my environment....
....there's also a connection to the jazz I've been listening to lately, and how the instruments, textures, patterns, rhythms and sounds interweave and move around each other in space, as well as ideas about contained compositions, structure and improvisation. I've had Artie Shaw and the Gramercy Five on quite a lot recently -- this is a cut of "Hop, skip and jump"-- can't help but think that the vibes have permeated and shaped my work.
If I turn the textile so that the strips are vertical, it's more like the tall pecan trees which grow around here-- love the tangle of bare winter branches. I started working on the textile from a horizontal viewpoint but finished it up vertically.... an interesting note on creative process....
... always trying to be aware about what and how I see, just like Tillycat, here perched on a bird bath.
I found this red fabric scrap as is, cut and frayed in this shape, and liked it immediately. It wasn't until later, when I was walking around out back that I made the connection with the gable of the old red barn behind our house.
Adjustments were made as I went along, like deciding the left piece of the circle above popped out too hard against the black, so I shaded it in with black stitching.
The natural-colored arced hand-stitching above was an attempt (which ultimately didn't have much impact) to sculpt the fabric into something like a land form, an idea to file away that could be developed in the future.
Endnote: It was extremely windy today, so to keep the fabric from blowing away while I was taking pictures, I grabbed the top four books off a stack on top of my bookcase-- Somerset Maugham, Graham Greene, Vargas-Llosa, Edna St.Vincent Millay-- a random literary collage as diverse as the fabrics on the textile:
velvet, burlap, Woolrich wool, tea-dyed 1920's bedspread, 1960's cotton curtains, Thai silk-- to name just a few.