|Unseen Time by Gillian Cooper|
The design comes from a detail of the painting of a Cycladic figurine.
|One of my sketches of a Cycladic figure|
Nowadays, when we see them in museums, they are gorgeous shaped pieces of stone, but originally they were painted in such details and colours that they would seem gaudy and garish to our eyes. These details have been worn away by time, but due to some amazing science, archaeologists have been able to work out what they looked like - the different colour pigments in the paint apparently wore the stone down at different rates, so they can identify where was painted and in what colours.
I have been musing over this image for a long time and there are a number of different pieces in progress using it. For this one, I pieced lots of bits of hand dyed, painted and stencilled fabric.
|The pieced fabric|
|The fabric overpainted|
|Detail of Unseen Time by Gillian Cooper|
I still don't think I've finished with this image - perhaps I will finish the other pieces based on it which are still in progress.