XOX in PINK

January 25, 2022

This work was completed in 2014 and remains one of my favorites. It’s so happy and bright and guess what?! I found that when I addd yellow and orange, hot pink is no longer a color I dislike. Color is, and always has been, all about relationships.

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This work is available in my shop HERE

XOX by Lyric Montgomery Kinard
18″ x 32″
dyed, printed, stitched
$800.00

I thought you might enjoy seeing the full process as this work was created. It began with my hand dyed cloth, and some ink doodles from my sketchbook. I made marks with this super cool japanese brush pen then played around with them just a bit in photoshop.

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I grouped and rearranged them a bit for this piece. I like to play with grouping and layering images of different sizes. Then I created Thermofax Screens to print with.pinkXOX1

The first layer of printing was done with Cascade Dishwashing Gel – thick enough to use like paint with enough bleach to discharge the dye. It’s not so strong that you have to hurry with your printing though. Remember to wear gloves and use good ventilation when you do this on your own! Bleach isn’t a chemical you want to mess with.

pinkXOX2The next layer is another fun image of spirals. I screen printed it with Profab Textile paints, a mix of white, red and a touch of yellow. I like to keep the background prints in an analogous color scheme if I know I’m going to add a focal point color with lots of contrast and pop. Analogous color schemes are like a wedge of pie from the color wheel. They get along very nicely together.

pinkXOX3This layer is two different screens, a full sized X and a full sized Spiral. I printed each screen in solid opaque white Profab Textile Paint then after washing the screens out printed the same images, just barely offset, with opaque yellow. The white really gives the yellow a huge bit of POP, don’t you think? I used some transparent orange paint to brush in a few shadows, opposite of where the white peeks out. If you keep your directions consistent as if a light source was coming from the top of the frame in this case, the highlights and shadows tie you a feeling of depth.

pinkXOX4I think the main composition of the cloth itself was done at this point so I layered and quilted the thing. I chose a thread color to blend with the cloth and stitched it to emphasize the lines that were already existent in the composition. If you look closely you can see that I stitched around a few of the background spirals to emphasize them, but most I stitched right through with my softly straight lines. The geometry of this piece isn’t very rigid.

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This was a great “to go” project for the next few months. It was just small enough to fold up and take with me to meetings or on the road. I don’t think I can exactly verbalize why I chose to add the grid of x’s. I had considered emphasizing the smaller spirals with beads but I didn’t have the right colors (a peachy pink that wouldn’t be too flashy) in my stash. I think I just wanted a hand project to work on and I love further emphasizing the 1/3 – 2/3 compositional structure. A contrasting thread color further brings out the XOX but the small scale of the embroidered pattern and the repetition of the X keeps it from becoming a dominant element.

I had finished it off and thought it done until I put it up on the wall to photograph. Then I felt the embroidered grid was a little unbalanced, and I wanted some more hand work to do while watching an episode of Sherlock late one night. I LOVE that show! I rarely, rarely, rarely watch TV so it’s nice to find a series on Netflix that will keep me interested but I can get through in a year. Yup – it will take me more than a year to find time to watch all 8 or 9 episodes. 

So what do YOU think?

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This work is available in my shop HERE

XOX by Lyric Montgomery Kinard
18″ x 32″
dyed, printed, stitched
$800.00

 

 

 

 

 

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Patti Maxwell
    January 30, 2022 at 12:01 pm

    Reading about the creation process gave me new eyes to see this work. Thanks!

  • Reply
    Sandy Snowden
    July 27, 2014 at 11:54 am

    I love the ‘longwindedness’. It is good now and then to see how people make decisions about the next steps…when they decided it just needs a bit more and when they decide that is just right.
    Thanks! Sandy in the UK

  • Reply
    Linda Friedman
    July 25, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    I see this as a totally done work. It’s beautiful. The designs, the colors and the stitching are perfect for this work. I just re-read your post about how to photograph art. I’ve made note of the link to that page and I’m sure that I’ll review it again and again. Thank you for that information.

  • Reply
    Mia
    July 25, 2014 at 11:49 am

    This piece looks done to me. I really love the layering of textures and colors. Thanks for the tip on Cascade Dishwashing Gel. I’m going to give it a try!

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