Finished collages are photographed outside. 'Autumn Floating By' attracted interest from some of my neighbours ,as you can see if you look carefully at the spider's web in this detail. I almost took this visit as a compliment to my artistry.
My autumn river with maple leaves is now overhung with flowering grasses. These are strung with a spider's web; a new adventure for me that takes my collage technique to the limit of finely cut filaments of fabric.
Having added a lot more dye-work to the river, I am now pinning on maple leaves to try different arrangements of floating leaves.
The oak woods that line the banks of tidal estuaries on Cornwall's south coast have a particular beauty. I hope I have conveyed something of this in my textile collage 'Overhanging Oak'. More information about the artwork at http://amandarichardsonartist.com/content/overhanging-oak
These are both satins, one in pale blue the other silver-grey. I have dyed both as potential backgrounds for the floating maple leaves. There is the suggestion of leaves below the surface which will become far more obvious when other leaves are added in collage.
My plan is to try to convey maple leaves floating both beneath and on the surface of the river. This is the dye-work for the leaves themselves.
This video offers an insight into the thought processes as I created the textile collage 'Red Orchids over Water'.
Here is the completed 'Red Orchids over Water'. I wish I could grow these in my garden but they are only for tropical climes.
The variety of leaf colour on one maple tree can be extraordinary. Autumn breezes have been blowing them from my tree and I have watched the leaves float by, as you can see on this one minute video.
The red orchids are to hang over reflecting water. Having dyed the fabric for the water I am placing the flowers.