I’ve been re- investigating some of the ancient marks found on Northumbrian rock art, most of which are made from a series of circular and linear patterns. I’ve looked at these patterns many times over the years, thinking about how they would translate into stitch. This is not so much for the crone cloth, which is already planned and will take several years to make, but more perhaps for a new series of work. Combining simple designs with the direct-applique method of patchwork results in something like this:
The stitched panel measures something like 8″ x 10″ and is mounted on cream calico. I used small pieces of dupion silk, just laid on a foundation and held down with fairly dense running stitch in silk thread. The motif in red is hollow viscose ribbon stuffed with thick yarn and slightly ruched, couched down with cotton thread.
It always amazes me that such simple lines can be so expressive. Prehistoric art is something I return to periodically, in between other things, and here I am again with it. I like the paring down and simplifying, the stark image or line carved into rock. I wonder if we knew more when we had less.