My new piece, which I have titled, Pele Speaks, is 24” x 44”. It is the first piece in my new series, Mother Earth Speaks. I’m excited to get immersed in something that is purely creative. There will be no pattern of it to sell. That’s not the point of doing this. It’s the journey, not so much the destination. As Mother Nature speaks, new pieces will be added to the series.
I really love this photograph of Hawaiian lava flow, which I am adapting with permission from nature photographer, Leigh Hilbert. [Check out Leigh’s site here.] What drew me to this image are the three very distinct areas of texture. The lighter grey area is striated, the darker grey area has a puddle-like look to it, and the hot orange flowing lava looks like a living creature. I suppose in a way, it is.
Adapting a photographic image into a completely different medium presents fun challenges. There is no way I want to try to replicate the photo. What would be the point of that? It’s deciding how to suggest the different textures with wool strips and probably some yarn and other materials. I seem to have lots of grey wool and a large amount of already cut grey wooly worms. I’m purposely using a variety of cuts ranging from #7 to #9 to add to the uneven striations in the lighter grey area.
This is a fairly large piece and it will use up lots of my wool. Believe it or not, that is what I want to do. Like many rug hookers, I tend to hoard wool. I like to look at it and imagine what I can do with it. Well, this project will use up lots of greys and oranges. One can always buy more wool.
I know I will have lots more to say about Pele Speaks in the coming weeks. I hope you will join me.
There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the images of nature all around us.