Verdure & Bloom
13 x 19 inches
hand-dyed fabric, raw-edged fused appliqué,
I was immediately drawn to the yellow bloom in the upper left quadrant of the photograph. Early in December, I did a couple of sketches, made a decision about fabric choices, and put the project away. This week, I pulled out the sketchbook and enlarged the design. I kept everything simple and the piece came together quickly. I had originally intended for the weeds to be rooted in the binding but I ended up liking the way they floated on the background.
It was a joyful little piece to work on - great way to start a new year!
The title comes from Thoreau's Journal (Aug 5th 8:30am) where he writes, in part:
"The immediate bank is now most verdurous and florid, consisting of light rounded masses of verdure and bloom, and the river, slightly raised by the late rains, takes all rawness from the brim."