This months design challenge From Art Elements is hosted by Karen Totten and she chose to go with Petroglyphs as her theme. petroglyphs are images carves or engraved in rocks – usually thought of as, but not necessarily old or prehistoric.
After some consideration I decided to use embroidery as my medium for this challenge. I did some eco rust dying on my art retreat in the US in the summer and I though this pieces was evocative of sandstone rocks and would therefore make a good backdrop.
I looked around for images to inspire my design and found a few that I liked but in the end I only had time to complete one. I chose this example from the Petrified Forest in Arizona, USA – a petrified puss thought to represent a mountain lion.
Since the style is so naive I wanted to keep the stitching very simple so opted for using chain stitch throughout, first creating the outline and then infilling.
And this is how he turned out…
I didn’t have a clear idea of what I would do with the piece when I started and I’m still not sure…I could simple make it a simple hoop frames piece or, I could continue stitching more designs on the fabric to make a bigger wall hanging. I think I’m just going to have to ponder that for a while.
I did manage to create a necklace for this challenge based on the ancient hillside chalk figure of the Uffington White Horse in Wiltshire – not too far from where I live. I’m not sure if this strictly fulfils the definition of a petroglyph being carved into a hillside and fill with chalk but it’s close enough for me. Besides which, I used a fabulous carved cabochon by Jenny Davies-Reazor which is in itself a kind of modern day example of the medium.
The horse is thought to possibly date from the late Bronze age so I restricted my palette to shades of green and bronze and created a beaded setting for the cab. A bronze spiral (also a pattern prolific in petrogyphs) charm by Staci-Louise Smith adds a lovely finishing touch.
So that’s where this months inspiration took me and many thanks to Karen for coming up with such a great theme. To see what the rest of the Art Elements team and out guest designers have come up with simply click on the links below to join the blog hop.
Jill Egan: https://kilnfiredart.wordpress.com
Tammy Adams: http://www.paisleylizard.com/blog
Alison Herrington: http://AlisonAdorns.blogspot.com
Sarajo Wentling: https://sjdesignsjewelry.blogspot.com
Jenny Kyriach: http://anafiassa.blogspot.com
Kathy Lindemer: https://bay-moon-design.blogspot.com
Art Elements Team
Lesley Watt: http://www.lesleywatt.com
Jenny Davies-Reazor: https://jdaviesreazor.com
Cathy Spivey Mendola: http://cmendola.blogspot.com
Sue Kennedy: http://www.suebeads.blogspot.com
Caroline Dewison: http://www.blueberribeads.co.uk
Laney Mead: https://laney-mead.blogspot.com/
Marsha Neal Minutella: http://blog.marshanealstudio.com
Claire Fabian: https://saraccino.blogspot.com