Working With Alida Take Two
I am so happy to have been invited back to another blog hop with Alida over at TweloQ!
This year's theme was Mother Earth. Anyone who knows me personally might use words such as "hippie" or "crunchy mom" (affectionately, I'm sure) to describe me, so naturally, I could not say no to a chance to participate again! It was the perfect opportunity to flex my Tunisian Crochet muscles and experiment with some Tunisian Tapestry Crochet (click to find out the finer details of how this piece was produced).
The piece was inspired by acclaimed artist, M.C. Escher, or Maurits Cornelis Escher. He was born in 1898 in Leeuwarden, Netherlands and died in 1972. He is most widely known for what are called his "impossible constructions" like Ascending and Descending, Relativity, and Drawing Hands. He was responsible for the creation of 448 lithographs, woodcutes, and wood engravings on top of over 2,000 drawings and sketches. Like many other famous artists (Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci), he was left-handed. He enrolled in the School for Architecture and Decorative Arts in Haarlem after failing his high school exams, and he eventually decided he would rather study graphic design. Architecture continued to inspire his artwork, however, as well as Italy where he met his wife Jetta Umiker, and they married in 1924. His fascinations were manipulating architecture, perspectives, and deminsions, and his art is a continued wonderment to this day.
Sky and Water I
"The idea of a duality such as air and water can be expressed in a picture by starting from a plane-filling design of birds and fish; the birds are "water" for the fish, and the fish are "air" for the birds. Heaven and Hell can be symbolized by an interplay of angels and devils. There are many other possible pairs of dynamic subjects - at least in theory, for in most cases their realization meets with insuperable difficulties"
Physics, geology, chemistry, psychology, they have all referenced this image to study visual perception. In the central layer the elements are equals, birds and fish are either the foreground or the background depending on what the eye is concentrating on, the dark or the light. The birds begin to look more three dimensional as the eye travels up, and the fish more three dimensional as the eye travels down.
Sky and Water I in Cloth
Before I was invited to the blog hop, I had been discussing with my husband (I might even dare to say I had been pestering him about it) that I wanted to create something great, something original, something that would make my heart soar. I tried creating a sine wave blanket and it got boring. I tried creating something similar to a Fair Isle piece, and it just felt wrong. I wanted contrast, and I wanted movement. I wanted grace but intensity. As I puzzled and puzzled, my phone buzzed with an e-mail notification from Alida, and I was presented with an opportunity to push myself to just complete something. I was stuck in the god forsaken artist's rut where we create and create and then throw it all away because we hate it or we're bored with it or it's just not moving us, and this blog hop was a way to get myself moving again, to give me a sense of completion, even if it meant giving myself a deadline and forcing the gears to turn despite the rust. My husband finally suggested Escher, and I jumped up from the couch, grabbed the book M.C. Escher 29 Master Prints from the top of our bookshelf, and began to thumb through the pages. There! On page 29, Sky and Water I, fish and birds, movement and grace, force and glide - It. Was. Perfect. I pulled an image from a quick Google search, uploaded it to GIMP, and set about the tedious process of pixelizing the picture to a stitch-by-stitch ratio. I printed it out on paper at the library, and set to work. I'm not left-handed, and though it may sound silly to myself when I say it(or type) out loud, I consider myself an artist. M.C. Escher a bonefide inspiration for the kind of visual art I love to create, and I can only hope that in some way, I have done his work justice.
Thank you again to Alida for inviting me back for another blog hop, and thank you for reading this post. Tell me your thoughts, and let's have a chat in the comments!
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M.C. Escher 29 Master Prints