"Under the Bridge" 13" x 17"
Fabric, tulle, mono filament thread,
oil stick pastels, inkjet printing
It's the reflections in the water as well as the bridge that captured my attention ... the reflection of the one large building in particular.
I had masked that off from the rest of the photo so I could play with Photoshops filters on the top portion of the picture. When I hit on the above combination, I got excited about mixing the realistic reflection in the water with an impression of the actual scene. Woo Hoo! I get to use my "ortwork" collage technique.
I printed two copies of the reflection on "InkJetPrinting" fabric by Jacquard.
This was because I needed more than one width of the 11" across that prepared fabric. I rotary cut each of them into sections and then gave those serpentine edges. Then they were combined to portray the building and fill out the dimension to the 13" that all of my IT pieces measure.
Those bits cut away from the serpentine edges became reflections in the water ... along with a lot of threads, bits of roving, and "stuff".
I let that one building fill the width at the top of the piece.
And then I fell in love with the bridge.
I hadn't intended to make it so solid and realistic ... that happened with the quilting. So it has become the focal point. Of course, it's commanding the prime visual spot of just above the center in the composition which ensures attention.
Even though my life has been hectically full for the last two months, this challenge piece had been in my mind often. It was physically begun and finished in one day.