I have been thinking for a while about how best to hang my branch arm.I know that the material I select to hold the work in place is significant as it will become an important part of the piece and therefore must be chosen carefully. I thought about ‘found’ materials for a while, but everntually settled on silk. It feels to me that it is both a delicate and precious material that also is the product of nature. This seems very relevant to my work.
silk (dictionary definition) noun
1. the soft, lustrous fibre obtained as a filament from the cocoon of the silkworm.
I feel that silk portrays the precious and delicate qualities of nature which I am trying to demonstrate in my work and seems relevant as it is a material produced by nature and fashioned by man. The soft, slippery nature of the material makes it an unusual and risky choice as a rope, but this serves to emphasise my theme of balance and how precarious this is.
I visited some charity shops in the search for silk and came up with this. I felt reasonably happy with the colour, but wanted something a little more earthy so decided to die it with tumeric, which can be used as a natural dye t create yellow. after one dye session the scarf came out quite a light bright green and i feel will need a few more dyes to become more yellow. i have also heard that gram masala can be used to create yellow browns, i may also try this to get an earthy ombre effect.
The scarf also contains some small areas of gold, which i find complement the areas on the hand painted with gold.