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Spider Lily Red – Flare 1

Spider Lily Red - Flare 1, in association with the Ocean.

Spider Lily Red – Flare 1 (2017) – Acid dye on silk.

Spider Lily Red - Flare 1, detail, in association with the Ocean

Spider Lily Red - Flare 1, detail, in association with the Ocean

Flare, as in, enliven.

Spider Lily Red - Flare 1, detail, in association with the Ocean

You would not find Spider Lilies at florists. They flower in fields in early fall as every other flowering plant withers, giving their distinctive red the perfect stage with no competing colors.

Since fall 2012 I have observed the lilies closely, especially through capturing their petals in macro photographs, as the ideas for this series crystallized.
The petals, about an inch long at most, while remaining nearly motionless – there are some, as they progressively curl – they manage to emanate the inspirative fluidity just as dynamic as that of the Ocean.

This is the first of the two-piece series with one half of a petal painted, on a slip, a type of garment designed to be worn closest to the skin not always intended to be seen by others, to enfold but also to express inwardly, to speak into oneself, in this case the language of the red lilies of the field, and of the universal, inspirative Fluidity.

Making of the series has been documented on this website.

Spider Lily Red - Flare 1, detail, in association with the Ocean

Spider Lily Red - Flare 1, process, detail.
Spider Lily Red - Flare 1, process, detail.
Spider Lily Red - Flare 1, process, detail.

Spider Lily Red - Flare 1, in process.

a dress with an abstract drawing of a lily petal.

Above: Nightfall (2017, the piece installed on location)

Pencil Drawings for Spider Lily Red 1

A Spider Lily Petal, abstract drawing, pencil on paper.

A Spider Lily Petal 1 (2015-2016)
Drawn for the first piece of a dyed-silk dress series “Spider Lily Red”. This is to be used as the referential drawing while painting on silk. The future use for screen printing in mind, lines were given extra clean finish.
Pencil on paper, 79 x 109 cm.

A Spider Lily Petal, abstract drawing, detail, pencil on paper.
A Spider Lily Petal, abstract drawing, detail, pencil on paper.

A Spider Lily Petal, abstract drawing, detail, pencil on paper.
A Spider Lily Petal, abstract drawing, detail, pencil on paper.

Edited Black and White Images

Rain on the Windshield - trace
Wing Diptych 1
Spiderlily on Rainy Horizon
Wing Diptych 2
black and white images of wing dress and wing drawing.
Dragon Dress Diptych
Dragon Dress, prototype.

All derivatives from Dyed Threads series.
From top:
Spider Lily – early sketch, monochrome (2015)
Wing Diptych 1 (2015) The bird was photographed in September 1999, and became the inspiration for the Wing Dress series.
Spider Lily – study, monochrome (2015)
Wing Diptych 2 (2015)
Wing Diptych 3 (2015) The drawing was of an imaginary wing, and preceded the Wing Dress series.
Dragon Dress Diptych (2015)
Dragon Dress Prototype (2015) The dress in the photo was created around 1999-2000 with fabric marker as the first experiment for the Dyed Threads series.

Wing Dress – Velocity

A dress with a fragmented wing, acid dye on silk, back, photographed on the beach.
A dress with a fragmented wing, acid dye on silk, front, photographed on the beach.

A dress with a fragmented wing, acid dye on silk, side / back, detail.
A dress with a fragmented wing, acid dye on silk, front / shoulder, detail.
A dress with a fragmented wing, acid dye on silk, front / side, detail.
A dress with a fragmented wing, acid dye on silk, painting detail, feathers.
A dress with a fragmented wing, acid dye on silk, painting detail, feathers.
A dress with a fragmented wing, acid dye on silk, painting detail, feathers.

Wing Dress – Velocity (2009-2011)

Acid dye on silk-polyurethane.
Feathers are placed to assimilate the sense of speed I emphasize with swallows in flight, as they glide by me slashing the air.

ツバメの低空飛行に共鳴して起こる身体感覚をドレスにそのまま写し取ろうと試みたもの。
シルク/ポリウレタンに酸性染料。

A dress with a fragmented wing, acid dye on silk, 2011, on location.