Thursday, May 14, 2009

to cut or not to cut?

Experimenting...what do you think?

For the large scale outdoor installation, Line, that I am doing for an arts festival next month, I am creating 4 rows of "laundry." Originally each piece of laundry was going to be appliqued with words on it. But realistically that is like a 6 month, not 1 month, project and I am not sure conceptually necessary.

So as an experiment I tried a cut-out of the words, partially because it will be much faster and less painstaking to make- but I also I kind of love the idea of seeing the other words, the blue sky, and the green grass through the cut out words.
What do you think?

I am diving into this project head first this afternoon as my sampler will be done in about one hours time. YAY!


angela simione said...

wonderful idea! and hopefully it'll be a bit windy too the day you hang it- the panels billowing out around the text.

my mind is taken in all sorts of directions by a project like this. cutting is a highly charged and historically loaded action. i love it. :)

lovely textiles said...

Yes I agree with the above comment - I like the symbolism of cutting which could also work brilliantly with particular words... and it opposes the precious quality of the previous work you've been doing which is a nice dynamic, too. great stuff as ever xx

Anonymous said...

gives an especially ephemeral quality to the words and will be a nice contrast to the applique, which will seem more solid and heavy in comparison. beautiful.

Joetta said...

thank you so much for all the input. I did a few more in the studio and am so excited.
And your comments gave me a lot to think about in respect to how cutting the words changes the concept a bit. And how do I re-find the language to talk about this technique. Very exciting.
And yes I am looking forward to the contrast of the applique and embroidery with the cut out.

Brittany Noel said...

I love the cutting! I can't wait to see how it works on the line. I think seeing things through the pieces will be very intriguing. And yes, cutting brings on a whole new bucket of things to potentially talk about. I'm really excited to see how this turns out!

Joetta said...

i can't wait to see it either and my fingers are so croseed in hoping that it all works out fine and looks good...I feel a little in over my head. We'll see:)