This piece started life as an Arlee Barr indigo-dyed piece of cotton. When I first bought some of her natural-dyed fabrics I was nervous about adding embroidery to them but Arlee said once I had paid for them they were mine and I could do what I like with them; however I still like to acknowledge her input as without it what I do would be very different.
I immediately saw night in this one: night, water, trees with a clear division down the centre. I know all the books tell you not to divide a picture plane in this way but here there wasn’t an alternative and in any case I like breaking rules. So on the left side is the tree trunk, embroidered with literally millions of french knots and other stitches and on the right is the water embroidered in essentially kantha stitch. The shapes on the water I see as reflections of the moon, or drifting leaves or ? – it all depends on my mood at the time.
It took me over a year to embroider this piece but that is all right. I don’t mind spending the time to get something the way I envisage it. Often a piece takes on its own life and dictates where it wants to go but this one was very willing to stay with my vision.