Sunday, May 01, 2011
walking on the exposed, sandy beaches of the west coast of vancouver island can feel like taking a big, deep breath. it feels good for the head, the body and the soul. this stitched piece is my attempt to capture that feeling a little bit, capture a bit of strolling along the shore, watching for bits of treasure washed up by the waves.
coils of bull kelp are washed up on the sand, along with blue mussels and other shells. grey snags poke up through the treeline of the forest backing the beach, and two large rocks poke out of the sand, covered in barnacles and seaweed. "wide open" is all hand stitched, and measures 31" x 21.5", with a mix of natural fibres and bamboo batting. it's now listed in the shop.
i've also added two new humpbacks as well. i really like this one - his nose has layers of sashiko stitching, to protect a particularly well-loved spot on the denim. i like to think of it as a sign of weathering a few storms, something any good whale should do.
hope you had a good weekend - i got my first sunburn of the year sitting out on the lawn yesterday. awkwardly, it covers just a few inches on my ankle, where my skin was exposed below my pants cuff. yup, i'm cool like that.