streams of stitches

Alice Fox Sand Streams #3 detail

I’ve been finishing off various bits of work for Tide Marks.  With less than two weeks to go until the opening it is finishing touches time.  Amongst the work are five paper pieces with embossing and stitching on a scale that I’ve not attempted before.  Stitching into paper this size (70 x 50 cm) provides certain challenges but I’ve worked away methodically at my kitchen table with the autumn light changing rapidly as the weather flits between sunshine and showers, the now cold wind carrying animated leaves past my window.  This has been a more attractive place to work than my studio of late.  I miss the eye onto the outside when I’m there.

These pieces are subtle, quiet.  They change massively with the light: sometimes the embossed lines and stitches catching dark shadows so they look like drawn marks; sometimes the whole piece looking flat and empty.  The space that appears empty from a distance is full of detail when you’re close.  Space can be scary: it is tempting to fill it up, but just like silence that can be beautiful I hope the spaces can be too.

Alice Fox Sand Streams #5 stitch detail

17 thoughts on “streams of stitches

  1. These are beautiful – spare and subtle. I see bird prints and the suggestion of interlocking wave edges on calm sand – lovely.
    As always with your work, I wish I could see it for real … one day I will.

  2. These are beautiful and so evocative of beaches I have seen when the tide has gone out and I wonder what has made those sort of marks.

  3. Beautiful. My students are presently working on rusting and fresh plant collographs, your work has been inspiring for them! I will surely send a few of them here who I know will love these. Good luck finishing up.

  4. Thanks everyone for such lovely comments. Things are going to plan for the exhibition and I look forward to seeing these pieces again when I collect them from the framer at the end of the week.

    • Thank you. They don’t seem very elegant sitting out in the rain and wind but they are strangely beautiful as little objects.

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