jealousy is done and dusted and on its way to the UK, as we speak.
i ended up not using kathryn's petals - while they were beautiful and the right shade of red for the quilt they edged the piece just a bit too much towards the decorative. that was a constant danger with this piece which i always wanted to be savage and disconcerting. none of its elements should be pleasing or lyrical - it is something that should be confronting and revealing a truth about an uncomfortable emotion.
i did get a couple of fabric pens and, in the few bald bits, write words or phrases from blake's poison tree - the sentiment of that poem captured so much of what i wanted to convey in this piece.
i also used black printer's ink to wash over the claws and a fair amount of fabric paint and paintstik to define the tree and the claws.
and now i'm in that odd limbo after a piece has been finished and sent away. i feel a bit aimless and brain dead - i've been focused on deadlines and commitments for so long that i am going to spend the rest of the year playing. rushing around in circles, off the leash - i want to play with different techniques, finish dijanne's lino cutting course, practise drawing and just noodle around.
but tonight i think i will rest