Et Voila!

A Skin for a Skin (2015) hand embroidery, wool on linen 48"(w) 54(h)
And here it is! Four hundred and fifty hours later, I think I'm done. As Ursula Le Guin says in Steering the Craft:
The judgement that a work is complete- this is what I meant to do, and I stand by it - can only come from the writer (artist), and it can be made rightly only by a writer (artist) who has learned to read her own work.
Well, maybe I'm not QUITE done. I'm debating about whether to add fringe. (I can just imagine you recoiling in horror, "No! Not fringe!") I know, it's probably too home ec-y. Just that gonfalons - the ceremonial banners that I have taken the shape from - usually have fringe, and I think the right fringe would add some weight to the bottom edge, which maybe it needs. I photographed it outside, and it does catch the breeze. I could always use drapery weights in the hem, I suppose. Comments yea or nay much appreciated.
 Here's a couple of details. I re-embroidered the treeline with coral stitch, which adds more heft and I think works well in the overall design.
The left elk and fox sharing a perpetual moment. I decided I wasn't too bothered by the unsupported hind foot of the fox, so it is unchanged.

The wooden pole from which the banner hangs was a dead balsam fir tree in my yard this morning. Yesterday I found what I thought was the perfect branch, a windfall alder, but once I peeled the bark off I discovered rot in several places. The dogs and I looked for another suitable branch on our walk this morning, but couldn't find anything. (Yes, I am that crazy lady who talks to the air, saying "No, that one's too curved, that one's too thick, that one looks rotten.") Then we returned home and I saw the perfect straight narrow stem over by the fence, so I got my saw and cut it down. It had already died so don't worry, no trees were harmed in the making of art.

Now I just need a place to show this off! I'm still trying to get an exhibition.


  1. TA DA! YEAH! I wouldn't be adding fringe unless it had some weight too--perhaps stripped buckskin-ey stuff? I would think commercial fringe too fou-fou :)

    And no, i'd be there on the path next to you one province over, talking about sticks to myself and the dog too.

  2. Perfect! Ummm...better with no fringe?

  3. Another amazing embroidery, I love the idea of the gonfalon. In official ceremonies the City of Florence always has the 'gonfalone' present, and it has a fringe. But there could be another solution, I am sending you a link by mail.

  4. Anonymous3:57 AM

    I agree! I would use drapery weights.

  5. While not normally a fringe person, the bottom definitely calls for something. I don't think drapery weight have enough presence :)

  6. Well, I like the idea of fringe. There are some beautiful elegant fringes out there, and I have a picture in my journal of something with a fringe that is beautiful--that I would like to do someday.

  7. oh yes a weighty fabulous fringe for sure, love it!

  8. wow. is it really done? i can imagine this will be a grand exhibition that i certainly hope to see.


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