This month I have been continuing to stitch and also experimenting with Batik. This latest piece is titled #Noir Musique after the models name for her band/music and her frequent use of hashtags on Facebook and Twitter. The hair was difficult and time consuming, it is a combination of chain, satin and ‘filling’ in stitches to create texture and density. The batik was made by covering the cloth in melted wax and dying it in a container, it took me many attempts to get it so that it didn’t dominate the image by having too much of the dye creep through the wax – I was looking for a grungy background to compliment the style of the drawing. My work is beginning to develop by combining some of the things that interest me in art – the drawing itself, heavily influenced by Egon Schiele, the use of embroidery, influenced by Tracey Emin and my interest in Batik, a long time consuming method of producing images with wax resist on dyed cloth, of which I have a lot to learn.
Next week I have some work at the Science Museum in Kensington at the Whitely Art Gallery stand, please come along if you are in London Thursday 5th Feb – Sunday 8th Feb.