Alyson Goes to Arches National Park
While traveling to California, we stopped in Utah to visit Arches National Park. This was our first trip to a national park and it was breathtaking. Prior to the trip I heard that the number people of color visiting national parks was low. I’m not sure why exactly. But I am pretty sure Angel and I just increased the diversity. And Zeus increased the species diversity.
Inspired by the rock formations, I started sketching the things that we saw there. The undulating lines created by the years of geological change were my biggest focus. I have always been a lover of geology and other earth sciences. This is why I have my gemstone guide and make jewelry. As a history buff, I love the stories these formations tell of the changes of the Earth. It also tells a story that nothing is forever. Even my life will end. That isn’t upsetting to me. Instead it just makes me know that I should live my life to the fullest. #YOLO! And I shouldn’t sweat the small stuff. Those shitty moments are but a grain of sand to these monuments of time.
Deciding that I want to capture the “movement” of the undulating lines in the monument, I thought that a running stitch would mimic the lines.
Blue woven linen became my background. I cut fabric out in the shape of the formation and the sandy ground surrounding it. The red linen came from fabric I bought for a future dress or jumper. The tan fabric came from an old cotton camisole top that I used to wear. I attached the fabric to the background fabric with glue. Then my piece was ready for line work.
The running stitches are optically mixing the colors which is exactly what happens when viewing the real deal. As an abstractionist, I feel like I can easily capture these large forms in simplistic shapes to focus on color and texture. Of course, I am a huge Georgia O’Keeffe fan.