Saturday, November 24, 2012

Adding to Wing Cloth

I had tea-dyed some small white scraps, then machine pieced them together in bands. They were just sitting in the stash, and in the back of the mind. Thought I might use them with an antique Japanese silk rectangle given to me by a friend, but they seemed good for the Wing Cloth.
 I machine pieced together sets of wings with the blue pinstripe, which makes the wings stand out when appliqu├ęd to the blue background. Then added triangles. Set them on the top. With leftover scraps of the tea-dyed cottons, I made triangle shapes that became shadows.
A flurry of wings. The tea-dyed bands are on three sides, which are not stitched to the center yet.
The theme of wings brings to mind the story of Icarus, whose father, Daedalus was a master craftsman. They needed to escape from Crete, where Daedalus had built the Labyrinth to contain the Minotaur, therefore he built wings out of wax and feathers. Icarus did not heed his father's warning about flying too high and too close to the sun. His wings melted from the heat and he plunged to his death in the sea. What interests me, then is the creative idea of constructing wings. No bodies necessary, it's the wing itself that counts.

So tea-dyed bands = Land, Crete. The blue pinstripe = sea. The blue skirt fabric = sky.

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