Chalk Paths

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Materials: Calico Silk noil
Size: 30 x 20 cm
Frame size: 47.5 x 37.5 cm
Chalk Paths

This view is on the chalk path down from Cissbury Ring on the Downs behind Worthing. I particularly liked the kink in the path which together with the curve of the bare trees and the wire of the fence beside the path, draws the eye to one lonely focus point. The artist Eric Ravilious painted the same type of Downland landscapes in his paintings of the Downs in the 1920s and 1930s. I was fascinated to see how his delicate rendition of bare downland fields and grasslands, which he painted almost in stripes, would translate to free machine embroidery where you are "painting" with fine thread lines, making stripeyness a natural phenomenen. This is my nod to his work and I am profoundly grateful for his influence and a new way to use my embroidery.

The piece is worked over layers of painted calico and silk noil and then over stitched in Madeira rayons.