Monday, August 13, 2007
On the drawing board...
With the end in sight on the Skiffs tapestry, my mind is turning to the next piece. It needs to be ready to weave by the time this piece is cut off. This morning I've been pulling together some of the images I'll be working with in it. The Fall tapestry was the first of the Seasons pieces that I envisioned, even though it will be the last one I'll be creating. So it has been in the back of my mind for a long time. During that time, I've collected things here and there that said, "fall tapestry" to me. Many of them are from nearby - like my favorite cottonwood tree that we pass every time we go to the mountains. And the grouse couple that lives at our cabin. I also got some great pumpkin photos when we went with the grandkids to a pumpkin patch last year.
I posed myself for the central figure of the tapestry - but I don't really intend it to look like me. I just needed to get the gesture right for the figure. So I'll have to work that out, as well. But it is coming together in my mind. I'm beginning to see it as a tapestry with all of the seemingly disparate 'things' in their proper places.
I love this part of my work! The design work is like a big puzzle for me. I am putting things together that speak to me of the season, autumn. But I am also aware of the symbolic meanings of all of the things that I will include. The title of this tapestry will be "The Gift" and it will have a great deal of spiritual significance for me.