Week 12 - Ailish Henderson U.K.
"Stitched Collage Portraits".
Ailish says "My most successful work always comes from the heart. I'm a sentimental person and I keep lots of memorabilia around me and this influences my artistic outcomes! A while ago, I began a project about self-reflection and how I view myself. Using photographs at pivotal times in my life as inspiration, I began to draw and paint.
This is a great technique, as there is no right or wrong. You can tailor it to your own unique personality and style and you can try it using hand or machine stitch. For each work you create, no two results will be the same, so there is a sense of anticipation and excitement each time".
Our challenge was to take a selfie and stitch a minimalist portrait of our self or someone dear to us.
Due to lock down and my hairdresser being closed, I am approx 5 weeks overdue for a hair trim.... I decided not to do my own portrait.
Harvey became the subject.
We were asked to sketch in our journals and then find suitable fabrics etc for our portraits.
I have a collection of English Breakfast and Raspberry tea bag papers, matching his colouring very well. A small piece of white gauze and a tiny scrap of a paper serviette for his one white ear.
I used a sheet of my handmade paper for the background contrast of his white coat.
Free motioned stitch and coloured his nose and black areas with an Intense pencil. He has 3 grey spots on is white ear. Emma commented, "he doesn't have his usual grumpy look" and she loved what I had done of him. I am thrilled with the final piece.