01 April 2011

12 Connected reveal day - bird challenge

Blue Line Lynn Krawczyk

Today is reveal day over at the 12 Connected challenge blog. I have to admit to missing the last challenge but that sometimes happens, life just trucks along at a quick clip.

I chose the theme for this challenge and it wasn’t a difficult thing for me to choose Birds. Its a combination of my love for the little fellows and my intense desire for winter to be done with us. Spring, please.

My favorite bird imagery is birds on a wire. There’s something very romantic about the silhouette of a small bird, high on a single line against the vast sky.

Thrills me every time.

I started my piece with some soy wax batik fabric. I stamped the fabric with a wood batik block I found at a flea market and then did a wash over it with watered down black dye-na-flow. The effect reminds me of the variation in the colors of the sky depending on the time of day and the season.

I wanted to experiment with the stitching on this piece. I am a loud and proud hand stitcher but when I thought of this piece, I wanted really tight long vertical lines. What I had in mind could best be accomplished with machine stitching.

I decided to do the stitching before I printed the imagery. I used two different thermofax screens to print the birds. The smaller scale birds are done in black and the larger birds are white and the one single line of blue.

I particularly like how stitching first broke up the screen printed images, making it feel more daydream, produced more shadows. I think its something that I will do more of.


Gerrie said...

Love this!!

Jeannie said...

I love this, too! The bird on the wire is one of my favorite images also and you have done wonders with it!

Leann said...

Very beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Hi Lynn, This is beautiful. As you said, it has a dreamy quality. I too like birds on wire, each doing their own thing, but all perched companionably in a row. Thanks also for the post on fear. Ambal