October 20, 2009

Watt & Shand #5 and #6 are Underway

I am on track to having my most productive year ever. I've just finished piecing two tops, numbers 5 and 6 in the Watt & Shand series. They feature screen prints made from a photograph I took early in the construction project, when the historic building had been demolished except for the facade. The facade, which became a part of the new hotel/convention center, was supported by an elaborate, and beautiful in its own right, scaffolding. The solidity of the stone facade and the scaffolding was belied by the cavernous void behind it, and way the blue sky shone through the empty windows. I was transfixed, and decided on the spot to make a series of work documenting the project. (If you are new here, you can track back my work so far by clicking on "Watt & Shand" under Labels in the right sidebar.) Number 5 and 6 are meant to be companion pieces, although they could easily stand alone. At present they are roughly 36" x 46", medium sized by my standards. I'm quite happy with the way the design work and the piecing went, and look forward to doing the quilting, as the stitching adds so much dimension. And I'm already thinking about #7, so stay tuned!

4 comments:

Gerrie said...

I'm loving these, Sue! Congrats on a productive year!!

Kristin L said...

I really like the way you've incorporated your photos into the border on the top one (#5?). I hope the completed building will have a large lobby or gallery space where you can display this series!

Sue Reno said...

Thanks Gerrie and Kristin! Yes, the borders are from fabric I had printed with a repeat of the same image, it worked out well.

Deborah said...

very nice!