Wednesday, 23 November 2011

WIP Wednesday

Camilla: You, sir, should unmask.
Stranger: Indeed?
Cassilda: Indeed, it's time. We have all laid aside disguise but you.
Stranger: I wear no mask.
Camilla: (Terrified, aside to Cassilda.) No mask? No mask!

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Tyger Version 2

Now finished:

Looks far better this time. 'Spears' is a very pretty work (last six stitches/characters of the longest line). 'tears' (last five of the line below spears) is pretty, too, of course.

Now begins the Iliad.

Friday, 18 November 2011

WIP whenever

There was no point in a WIP Wednesday this week, because I'm just working on another draft of The Tyger. At the moment I've only done the black, or half the black, anyway. So it's not even as if I can show how different it looks this time.

But I figured I'd share some rough experiments this time, so here are two "canvasses" where I was trying to explore meta-text-art. I was going to extend the work with two more canvasses to explore translation issues, too.

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

The Tiger (version 1)

And here's the finished thing. It's a good job I did a test, because the colours are all wrong. Retrospectively I should have realised before ever putting needle to aida that using the pale pinks for the three most common letters wasn't a good idea. I'll be trying again, again with the tiger, with slightly more sophisticated methods of colour selection. It fits rather well do to another version of The Tiger (and actually, I have a final piece of aida left of just the right size, so I might even do a third version) since each printed version Blake produced would have subtle and deliberate differences in illustration, colouring, etc. I'm just following his lead.

Thursday, 10 November 2011

WIP Wednesday ( what do you mean, it's Thursday??)

So in an attempt to help me keep to some sort of regular schedule, I decided to dedicate one day each week to showing WIPs. This piece is something I'm working on as a test before I begin a much larger project of the same type so I can work through all the unforeseen problems in advance.

But what is it? It's William Blake's poem The Tiger in in cross stitch, with each letter of the alphabet substituted for a different colour. I'd chosen a red pallet for the larger work, so The Tiger seemed a good choice to try it out on, as the pallet seemed to suit this poem, too. Then I thought 'hey, if I stuck black lines in between the text it'd look like a tiger!' and since this is just a test, well, why not try it out? But how to decide the length of the black lines?

In the end I turned to Blake's companion piece to The Tiger: The Lamb. The Tiger poem appears in a book of poetry called 'Songs of Experience' which is a companion, and juxtaposition to the poems in the ion 'Songs of Innocence', in which the poem The Lamb appears. Since Ny interpretation or translation of one poem would be incomplete without the other it seemed appropriate to try and get The Lamb in there somehow. So the length of the black lines is dictated by the length of the lines of The Lamb, excluding spaces and punctuation, which is also missing from my translation of The Tiger.