This is the first time I have warped up my new Ashford tapestry loom, its nice and easy due to the rotating mechanism. I have completed the cartoon for the next tapestry which will just act as a rough guide for weaving. I have also finished dyeing some lovely spring greens and bright reds/purples to start. The tapestry will be of banana leaves, fruit and blossom with a lizard in somewhere! My challenge in this piece is to give an idea of rain and water droplets, the tropical storm kind. I will take photos as I go so you will be able to see it slowly grow.
This tapestry was undertaken just as a sample piece of blending and paint effects. It is of a detail of a picture by Matisse that I have had on my wall for years ( a wedding present ) and I always thought ‘I wonder if I could weave that bit’, it’s full of brush marks and runny paint and very slapdash…quite the way I like things! Anyway I have learnt so much about blending and colour it was worth the effort, despite my families question of ‘what exactly is it?’