It was nice to work on a lighter, more optimistic piece after finishing "Roads to Nowhere".
This piece, titled The View from the Top, is based on a satellite image of the Himalayas. From space it appears as a complex web of snow capped peaks and valleys dissected by river beds. To try to reproduce every detail would have resulted in a dead composition that would not have come close to capturing its breathtaking beauty. Instead I paired it down to the bare essential lines and textures. I wanted the piece to be expansive, to give a sense of quietude, to breathe.
At 100cm x 65 cm this is the largest piece I have worked so far. I used fine chinese filature silk to get maximum shine and reflectivity from the stitching.
The stitching is very fine, but there is a lot of texture provided through the use of various stitches, with palestrina stitch featuring along all of the knobby "ridge lines".
From a distance the stitching appears largely white, but up close delicate colour plays up the details.
...and here's a whole lot more close ups.....
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I am a hand embroidery artist living and working in the rugged and wild Central HIghlands of Tasmania.