Linear

on persimmon zimnik 1 zimnik 2

from “the crane”  by reiner zimnik

coincidentally, my current embroidery in progress is on persimmon linen– or so this color was named at the fabric shop.  this design is intended to have an autumn feel, though whether it will be done before the season is out, it’s too soon to tell…

for this flower, i stitched the base layer of the petals with the intent of creating padded satin stitch.  but once i covered one, it just didn’t seem… right.  the petal became too smooth, too quiet.  there was instead, something more appealing about what usually serves as the under-layer.  the linearity of the stitches had movement, life.

it could be that reiner zimnik’s illustrations are influencing my vision, as i read several of the his books recently and have come to love his sketch-like style.  the german author’s illustrations are simple and minimalistic but despite that, lively and energetic and full of character.  could a similar quality be translated into embroidery, i wonder?

up until now, i really liked the smooth, perfectly aligned stitches of satin stitch forms, but perhaps it’s time to venture into new territory.  maybe what these petals need then, are not stitches that cover, but to be allowed to stand as is.

偶然ですが、現在製作中の新作の刺繍はパーシモン(柿)色のリネンに刺しています。こちらはひまわりが中心のデザイン。秋っぽいものを目指していますが、果たしてこの季節が終わる前に仕上がるかどうか...

いつも通り花びらの輪郭を刺してその中にパッディングとなる下刺しをしましたが、いざその上にサテンステッチをきれいに並べると、ん...?と手が止まりました。どこか静かで寂しくなってしまった感じがする。逆にいつも隠れてしまうその下刺しの方がいいのではないか?動きがあって。生き生きしていて。

このように思うのは最近出会ったドイツ作家、ライナー・チムニクの作品の影響とも言えるのかもしれません。彼のイラストは簡素でありながら、はつらつとしていて、その独特のスタイルに惹かれます。この雰囲気、刺繍でも表現できたら...?

今までは綺麗に整ったサテンステッチの刺繍が自分の好みであり、スタイルでありましたが、これは新しい道に進むべきサインなのか、どうなのか。もしかするとこの花びらに必要なのは、上を覆うステッチではなく、あえて線を「見せる」ということなのかもしれません。

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2 thoughts on “Linear

  1. They are very nice as they are.

  2. The solid satin stitch doesn’t seem as lively as the other stitches on the petals of this flower. I can see how you like the other stitches. The color of this fabric is yummy. A good color for any time of year to me. These are some busy sketches too. A lot of movement.

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