This is a series of tall and narrow ‘notities’ (the size is twice my quilting ruler). The inspiration for these notes came to me when I was doodling in the notes app on my iphone and discovered it had a scroll function. I could make infinitely tall notes with it, but of course in my printing work I’m limited to the size of my press.
Although in the Western world we are used to reading from left to right, I like working with a tall and narrow vertical format, a format often seen in textile art. For me there is a practical reason for this. The ‘fabric’ I’m stitching on is not very pliable, so it has to be narrow to fit underneath the machine and I find it more convenient to stitch in a vertical, rather than horizontal direction. But I also find this format aesthetically pleasing, either individually or hung in a series.
My visual language consists of a combination of both intuitively and considerately cut positive and negative shapes and line, which are unified by layers of inking and printing into unique and pleasing compositions. I play with texture and colour by means of the fabrics that I choose from my stash of handdyed and printed materials, accumulated over the years of making textile art. When inking the collages, I aim to manipulate the amount of colour left visible in the end result.
These pieces were collaged horizontally, but I stitched them vertically.