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This is part of a series of small works
in which my process is very much like doodling with fabric,
i.e. the design was developed spontaneously, working directly
on the background with bits of fabric and thread. Each
part of the design grew out of the last, just as a doodle
grows to fill a page when the mind is engaged elsewhere.
The background fabric was hand painted with fiber reactive
dye. Scraps of fabric were laid on the painted background,
then stitched with layers of machine embroidery in various
colors of thread.
The embroidered composition was surrounded with a wide
border of painted fabric and quilted in a freeform design
that echoes the embroidered design.