Generally when I start an artwork I have a pretty good idea of how it's going to turn out. But every now and then a piece will surprise me. It will start as one thing and then evolve into something else all together. My 'Sea Spiral' was one of these pieces.
Those of you who follow me on facebook would know that I have been sitting on my 'Sea Spiral' piece for about 6 month's now. I had rather ambition plans for the piece originally; I had this idea to create a hanging artwork that twisted down from the ceiling resembling the spiralling cone shaped plumes of Christmas tree worms (Spirobranchus giganteus). I see these little worms when I dive quite often and they always fascinate me. They are colourful, delicate and amazingly beautiful - really what more do you need to inspire an artwork than that.
|The initial inspiration for 'Sea Spiral': A Christmas Tree worm|
|Sewing the 'Sea Spiral'|
|'Sea Spiral' all sewn and ready to have the backing dissolved|
|'Sea Spiral' once it's dissolved|
|'Sea Spiral' hanging (alternate way's)|
It sat there for about 4-5 months.
I found it a few weeks ago and started to play with it again. I tried pinning it straight onto a board as I would my regular pieces but it was nothing special. Then while playing with the piece I started twisting the spines. I then tried pinning it to a board with all the spines twisted around and the results were magic. The piece came to life - it looks different from every angle and now looks like a magical spiralled shell.
|Playing with ways to pin the 'Sea Spiral' down|
|Playing with ways to pin the 'sea spiral' down|
|Pinning down the sea spiral|
|The finished 'Sea Spiral'|
|'Sea Spiral' (detail)|
|'Sea Spiral' Embroidery thread and pins on paper|