Sunday, November 25, 2012

Encaustic Myths. More encaustic and stitching..

Book front cover

I showed some of my stitched encaustic pieces in a group show in October and received a lot of encouragement to continue in this direction. So I designed covers for a unique hand made book of my husband's long narrative poem about Theseus and the Minotaur. From there I created some other mythic pieces.  I used cotton muslin that had been variously dyed in compost, rust or onion skins, and added inkjet printed imagery, some of which was then stitched or embellished with copper wire, metallic thread or upholstery thread. The pieces were finished with encaustic medium. The Atalanta pieces included collaged elements. Frames were made out of birch wood boxes, painted and sealed.

2 versions of "Atalanta" . Fabric dyed with onion skins with photo transfer and encaustic collaged elements.

2 versions of "Ceres". Fabric is compost dyed. One includes hand and machine embroidery in metallic thread and upholstery thread.

Icarus. Rust dyed fabric, photo transfer and encaustic medium.

The Labyrinth, with crocheted and couched fine copper wire on compost dyed fabric, glazed with encaustic medium.

Book back cover. Rust dyed cover with couched copper wire and encaustic medium.

Front and back book covers.
 Use of images in this series in accordance with copyright of the Trustees of the British Museum.