Last night I finished “The Star Money”, a piece based on the Grimm’s Fairy Tale of the same name. The base of hand-dyed silk is embroidered with cotton and silk threads (again hand-dyed) and glass seed beads. In viewing the piece in person in shimmers as the light hits the piece due to the glass beads and the texture of the silk.
I think it is interesting to interpret a folk tale using folk techniques. Originally these tales would have been shared in homes in a day where cloth was stitched by hand, just as this piece was.
It is a whimsical piece with the homespun feel of the folk tale.
I suspect this could be a theme I may continue with, after all I have 210 Grimm’s Fairy Tales to choose from.
Artwork by Debra Hunter
Red Deer, Alberta, Canada