I know all sorts of amazing people, and each have their own story. This piece is inspired by one of them.
Life doesn’t always feel fair; some people are born into circumstances that can make things difficult for them, on many different levels. On this piece I wanted to express the ‘mess’ of tangled, entangling, restricting life circumstances. The darkness, restriction and fears. Yet within this mass of darkness shines the pearl of a shining individual.
I designed a repeat pattern linocut for the background, which I printed over spray coloured calico. I neatly stitched over the central part of the design in black using satin stitch, and outlined areas alongside this in backstitch and cross hatching. I overlaid the whole piece with various fine mesh nets, and added threads to represent the tangles of the situation. I stitched a tiny seed pearl into the centre.