This is one of the first textural panels I did – in the high hopes of doing 20! I could not resist adding a focal point – this seems to happen to me all the time. The next one was a more angular cursive Italic, with an ink stick since that was the topic.
Sadly I get bored very quickly and while I wanted to do 20 by No. 3 I am already off on a different idea – here is a funky alphabet I developed using a syllabary from Central Africa as my inspiration. The background is teabags. I am a total obsessive – making tea, then emptying the bags, washing and drying them. then they got cut up and glued to the background with wheat starch glue and sprayed with fixative. I don’t ever se=m to just rattle pieces off! The background in the first one is Parker ink and a little bleach; which I was happy to allow to fade, and the Ink Stick one is painted with tea, with the stick stitched on using gold thread before mounting.
I could not face filling an entire page with pictograms, and stitched ostrich beads onto the one below. I created a whole story in little images with a kind of code, and drew them onto some fabulous Chinese bark paper. Each panel is block mounted onto wood.
Now we await my “Manifesto of a Maker…
All of these are block mounted 21cm square. The copper one and the A is for Ox in yesterday’s blog post, are officially part of this series.
6 down; 14 to go!
To read more about the concept of textural panels, scroll back a few posts.