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a Gift from the Lilies

On the day of the blood moon, making of five dye sample swatches was completed. Each is drawn on a different fabric, a silk, holds dye particles in its own way.
The one below is drawn on ivory-colored silk chiffon georgette, so far my most favorite, quite unexpectedly so, as I thought it’d be too fluid even for the faintest touch with a brush-point.

Spider lily petal, dye on silk.

Twenty days in September spent beside red spider lilies had left me with a gift that seems to be growing on its own. Just as the project itself has a life of its own. Last year I drew the lilies off photographs, dragging my feet at times as I study their complex shapes on a series of pencil drawings. Weary, I’d put my pencil down, on, off and so forth. When I return to it though, I found myself, once and again, in ideas and skills, at a place further ahead from where I left off.

Fairies, has got to be. The red lilies and their hired hands. They followed me home and started building an engine, a gift to the repeat visitor and her adoring eyes.

The lilies were here only for a short time; the rural landscape feels even more muted since. But those fairies they never quit, day after day, working on the motor that is fueled by my remembering the special tone of red. The spider lily red.

Moon-lit sea surface in blur.

The blue photo above was taken on the night of total lunar eclipse, shortly after the moon rose above the horizon, just a few hours before the show time. I omitted the moon in the photo but trust me it was there, sprinkling glitters on the darkened surface of the Big Fluidity.
The swatches are about to be sent off to specialists in Tokyo for steam-setting very soon. They are made as the first step for “Spider Lily Red”, the latest addition to my dyed threads series. You can view the progress of the project as well as the Lilies – the muse, sans fairies, in these posts.

Thank you for your visit.

Every petal’s a masterpiece.

For last two weeks, my priority #1 has been to spend as much time with spider lilies, bloom for a short while each autumn.
This year they are back earlier, and seemingly more in numbers.

The blossom has been my muse for sometime now, and here’s why, shown in pictures.

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Spider Lily Dye Sample Swatch #2 - completed.
Spider Lily Dye Sample Swatch #3 - in progress.
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The above two drawings are both dye sample swatches, from top the completed #2 and in-progress #3. On different fabrics – both silk, with slight difference in dye absorption, lines bolder on the #3 just because. This style of drawing is a new trick I am trying out since the above #2 but has been on my mind for much longer.

As for the petals, I couldn’t find a thing to add. Examining them closely somehow grew me muted.

Red spider lily petals, close up.

I’ve decided to call this project “Spider Lily Red”, the newest addition to my dyed threads series.

最後の屋外プールが閉まった日、彼岸花が咲き始めたのに気がついた。二年前の秋、突然のようにあの赤い色を見ると胸の奥で何かが着火するようになった。なにがどう変化したのか、本当に突然だったのか。わからない、でもきらいな感覚では全然ない。

写真の絵2枚は染め見本、素材は両方ともシルクだがテクスチャーは少し違う、よって染料の染み込み具合の感触も違う。そうすると意識しないでいても描き方も自然と違ってくる。なんでかはわからない、わかろうとする気もあんまりない。

そもそも何故彼岸花がそんなに好きになったかだって不明。でも、わからん、といってそのままにしておけるのが何故かとても嬉しくて、くるくるにまるまった花びらを指に絡めてみたりするのだ。

進行中の彼岸花シリーズ『Spider Lily Red』は当方の染色系統の次作(今までの作品はこちら)。

Abstract Petal.

Spider Lily Petal - pencil drawing

This recently-finished pencil drawing is to be a reference for a dye sample/swatch I’m gonna be working on next, that is for the newest of my Dyed Threads series, “Spider Lily Red” project. The line-oriented approach you see here is of me teaching myself a new trick, that I think would best capture the extreme curliness of the spider lily petals.

Spider Lily Petal - pencil drawing, detail.

The said petals start out fairly straight-edged. As the blooming progresses however, they go into this full-on abstract free-form red wavy anarchy that feels more like a perfectly-choreographed theater. Petals themselves are quite tiny but hold within so much passion, that’s how I sense them anyways.

Spider Lily Petal - pencil drawing, detail.

The project is gradually gaining momentum so swing by again when you get a chance.
Thank you for your visit.

持て余すほどの情熱ではちきれそうな彼岸花の花びらをモチーフに創ってみようと思いたったのは何故だったのだろう。
メインストリーム的人気のある桜の花などに比べるといわばカルト系な彼岸花たちにある日河原でそそのかされたのであれば大変光栄な話だとおもう。
そうやってご信頼いただいたからには何か新しいやり方を試してみたいと考えたのがこのドローイング。
これをもとに染め見本を作るのが当方の『Dyed Threads』シリーズの通常の手順。
通常といえばいつもは句読点をつかうのだが今日はなぜかその気になれず。
にもかかわらず最後まで読んでいただきどうもありがとう。
ぜひまたお越し下さい。