Friday, April 22, 2016

Red Letter Day

I promised after sharing my cutting off party that after I took care of all the warp and weft ends I'd post a proper photograph of my latest tapestry.  Here it is. 

Red Letter Day (c) 2016  by Molly Elkind
This has been in the works for longer than I care to admit, but I can say I am pretty pleased with how it turned out.  It's a faithful representation of what I had intended to do.  This is the first piece in what I hope will be a series inspired by illuminated manuscripts and medieval books of hours.  I am interested in the composition of those densely decorated pages, the contrast between areas of empty space and intricate lettering and patterns, and the sense that they contain sacred but nearly unintelligible meanings.   

One thing I wanted to learn in the process of making this piece is whether I enjoy working large (until now my tapestries have been more or less one foot square).   And I do!  I am deep into designing my next piece in the Mary series, which will be even larger than this.  I can't wait. 

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