Just about got this finished in time for the end of winter, hurtling as we are towards Imbolc tomorrow and the start of spring. Although it’s still cold, there are signs that the earth is waking up from her winter sleep, and I’m thinking of this cloth as marking the transition between winter and spring. From darkness to light, from sleep to waking, from stasis to growth. A good cloth to start the year, I guess.
I wrestled for some time with the sky. I didn’t want to quilt lines because that would have taken something away from the moon and the way the circle sits on the cloth. In the end I went for tiny stitches that could stand for stars.
Initially I added more cotton scrim to the foreground, but it turned out to be unnecessary and distracting, bringing the viewer’s eye too far down the picture. It turned out that the foreground fabric was beautiful and simple enough to just be itself.