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Beach at St Ives

This week's inspiration image is a shot from 2020, the week before lockdown. My last night in Cornwall after exhibiting at Cornwoolly. I took a long walk along the coastal path at St Ives, and ran my camera out of battery taking photos of the sunset.

I wanted to capture the movement of the water through the little rivulets in the sand, and try and show the reflection of the sunset in the water, which doesn't show up as well in this photo as it does in my memory.

I've couched my hand dyed Hampshire down fibre onto a tea dyed fabric with one strand of grey stranded cotton and variated back stitch (managed to make a big mess of the kitchen tea dyeing this tiny piece of fabric!) The brown wool strands are also couched down using grey 4 ply yak silk thread, my dyeing again. I like the sheen of the silk, as it adds a watery effect. The beads came from a random box and were stitched down with the grey stranded cotton. I've added rivulets of variated back stitch in the same thread between the fibre, to add to the watery feel and create movement in the piece.

I love this piece, and as soon as I've figured out how I want to mount it, I'm putting it up in our bedroom!

Next week's image is below.

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