Tuesday, October 2, 2012

the art of seeing

Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.
— Jonathan Swift (1667–1745)

When I finished no. 150, I found myself completely enamored with the unstitched areas, and the five-pointed petal shape that remained at the poles. I wracked my brain trying to figure out how to achieve this affect but with a design that would fill the space around the equator in a more deliberate way. I mulled and thought and sketched and realized that kiku herringbone with layered tips would accomplish this, if started far enough from the poles, but I wasn't sure what to do with the areas formed by the intersections of the kiku at the poles. Then it finally occurred to me I could simply fill them in, the way any shapes might be filled in—back to an elementary lesson that I was overlooking, thinking it had to be more difficult than that.

Thread wrap in violet-tinged blue ("pansy"). S10 division, guidelines removed. Embroidery in light blue violet, dark blue, very light brown (brown tinted off-white), and brown. The quote by Jonathan Swift is in the bell box along with brass rings that make a quiet traditional rattle. Circumference: 11 inches / 28 cm; diameter: 3.5 inches / 8.9 cm. Completed 30 September 2012 (no. 170).

Sold to benefit Kiva.org.

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