Lake Carnegie only holds water after torrential rains that occur only every 30 years or so. In between times it is marsh land. Of course, I have played with the colour, a lot!
My aim in this piece was to accentuate the islands and land masses that project into the lake by using lots of raised texture. I did this with extensive use of mountmellick thorn stitch and palestrina stitch. (Don't forget that if you want a larger image you can double click on the image).
I filled the areas between the raised stitching with long stitches in varying orientations.
I deliberately kept the land areas surrounding the lake simple in stitch and colour, creating simple contours to describe the landscape and providing a simple framework for the more intensively worked lake lands.
The lake waters are described entirely by the underdyeing, except for the double row of running stitches that defines the water around the land masses.
A single area of landlocked water is worked in the thickest threads used on the piece. Lushly textural it draws the eye to its singular form within the whole.
I hope you enjoyed looking at Ephemeral. If you are in Amsterdam between October 19 and 29 please come over and take a look. Thanks for dropping by...
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I am a hand embroidery artist living and working in the rugged and wild Central HIghlands of Tasmania.