My other exhibition work for AIG is a textile collage inspired by Jackson's Wold Garden. I wanted to give my work an aged look because the flowers & butterflies in the cottage and kitchen gardens reminded my of vintage embroidered postcards.
For this work I used some of the dyed fabrics I did using the tea bags and food colours.
There are quite a few photos as I captured the work as the layers built up.
The main background is stained with tea and makes a nice base to work on.
I slowly introduce some coloured items and I like to include typography in my work.
Flowers start to appear using my blackberry tea bag stained fabric, and after much moving around I stitch things in place.
I'm nearly done at this stage.
I added a few more twiddly bits 'n bobs, french knots, a few small beads in amongst the flowers and I'd reached the point I needed to stop. It is quite a small piece of work, about A5 size and it wrinkles and becomes tricky to work with so I'd had enough!
If it was bigger I think I'd still be adding to it as it's difficult to know when to stop and you're never quite happy with these things but I'm quite pleased with it.
A few final photos of the detail.
I also used some of my surplus bits to make a small felted brooch which will also be on display with this work.