I have been putting the finishing touches on the last two works for my solo exhibition Subversive Stitches at Arts Marketplace Tucson. This is one of the pieces, which I call Complementary Samaras II. It features my favorite color—a vibrant fuschia—in a gorgeous hand-dyed rayon. Rayon has a large number of molecular sites for dyes to attach to, which allows for this rich, deep color.
The dye patterning in this piece is subtle, but I love the way it recedes when you layer the fabric and densely stitch the straight lines into it with a coordinating variegated thread. The stitch lines appear in the middle ground over the dyed fabric, and the screen printed shapes come to the foreground. I love the great sense of depth in this piece.
Subversive Stitches will include Complementary Samaras II and four other new works that have never been exhibited. The opening reception is Saturday, September 3. Hope to see you there.