Searching online for photos of the kind of swamp I have in mind was unsuccessful, perhaps because what I’m thinking of is the one on the farm I grew up on in Eastern Pennsylvania, one which surely is more properly called a marsh. Still, it’s hard to let go of a minor obsession, and I’ll probably look further on the interwebs just to (try to) satisfy myself that what I have in mind is something real and not wholly imaginary.
The weaving I’m working on this week bears some resemblance to the mental image ~
This is the earthy, linen/rayon warp I wrote of in my previous post; the colors are tricky, shifting depending on lighting, time of day, angle of regard. In this piece, I’m weaving with a midnight blue tencel, so there’s a lot of sheen to complicate matters further.
This evening, when I finished weaving the second piece on the warp (with an eggplant-purple tencel), and took the photos after dark, the color problem was still worse. Or better, depending on your point of view. (If I knew how to use photoshop, I’d tweak everything to get it just right, but am not inclined to learn yet another technology.)
A final bit of fooling around — I work on a computer-assisted loom. All my patterns are designed on the computer using special design software. Here’s what the above two patterns look like on the computer screen (and you’ll surely forgive the flash reflections, won’t you?) ~
I’m always delighted to see how a precise pattern on the screen becomes something almost mysterious and partially hidden when it’s overlaid on textured multi-colored warps. And since this series is named Swampflower, that sense of mystery seems wholly appropriate.