I finally finished the fish.
These days when I work on my fiber art I start with a challenge to myself around a perceived area of weakness, or I center myself around a challenging idea. With the fish, I wanted to explore the concept of layers. I love fish! What I wanted to capture is the layers of depth when viewing coi in a pond. You can see the development of the idea in postings below.
I'm not satisfied with this piece yet. It's okay but just okay. I didn't like the way the light is diffused with the silk gauze and the netting is not opaque enough to do the trick. I tried doubling it up; I painted it; I tripled it up. Finally, I doubled it and stitched it down in ripples as you can see.
I have thought about using glass and painting on that and will return to this challenge later. The lily pads will be attached to the glass and if I can get Jerry The Glass Man to cut holes where the fish's mouths come out of the water then that will be the crowning touch.
I wasn't happy with the fabric lily pads when I first attached them but as I scrunched them and anchored them with stitches they improved. I used raw silk and muslin, Next time I may stick with only one kind of fabric.
I know some of you are interested in the comment above about challenging myself around what I see as a "perceived weakness". This is something I explore quite a lot in my own art making. I showed you the three pieces for the December show below- the challenge to myself to was stop (and know when to stop) before the piece was over worked. I am not finished with this exercise! I need a LOT more work on control and leaving things alone at that sweet spot where it says "I'm done!" It's so tempting to just do a little more and then that tips the scales away from the simplicity and beauty of the thing as it was. I hate, hate, hate it when I do that and must train myself to stop before it's too late. Can you relate?