Silk Road - Embroideries of Robert Glenn Ketchum
The city of Suzhou, China, produced China's most beautiful silk and silk embroidery for 3,000 years. Silk embroidery in Suzhou had been practiced by generational families for 1000's of years. My purpose in going to China starting in the mid-1980's was to turn my photographs into textiles, and this is my story.
SILK ROAD #66: The #dye-painting of the #matrix to eliminate excessive #stitching and allow greater #luminosity was immediately appreciated by all who watched this piece evolve. Initially there was a lot of attention paid to #effect of the mist, and in working the cool colors of the "blue" water against the warm tones of the first green leaves in the #background. However, as the piece progressed, a design decision was made to "enhance" the water further by using #directional thread stitching to #refract #light in different ways from different angles. Thus, stitches in various, and sometimes overlaying layers, face different directions. Because of the way the silk thread responds to light, only certain threads light up at specific angles, SO as you move around the piece, the reflections on the surface of the water actually seem to shift and change.
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