SNOWFALL, 19791 - 11" x 14" signed - a unique print: $12,0005" x 8" print only availble in portfolio.WINTERS: 1970-1980 complete portfolio of 24-signed, limited edition prints boxed w/catalog: $65,000 (Only 2 complete portfolios are still available.)All prints are VINTAGE silver gelatinmade prior to 1984 by my hand.
SNOWFALL, 1986This detail shows the complexity of stitches and subtle color tones. The central tree was embroidered with greater detail to enhance the 3-dimensional effect of an in/out-of-focus photograph. The background gauze was uniquely woven for this piece and is streaked with irregular vertical threads to suggest the downward fall of snowflakes. The snowflakes themselves have been represented by VERY untraditional looping stitches of varying size and tightness, some of them actually projecting and drooping/dripping from the surface of the embroidery.This embroidery has been privately purchased and pledged to the permanent collection of the Amon Carter Museum (TX).
SNOWFALL, 1986Derived from the photograph: "Snowfall", 1979A 2-sided standing screen of random stitch silk embroidery on handwoven silk gauze, 46cm x 76cm.Principle embroiderer: Ji ShaopingApproximately 6 months in completion, this embroidery employs at least 8 different stitches and more than 10 dye colors. This embroidery has been privately purchased and pledged to the permanent collection of the Amon Carter Museum (TX).
As I was learning about embroidery - the embroiderers were learning about photography. The exchange fed the creative energy between Zhang and I. It took many weeks to convince the guild to go forward with "Snowfall", but once they did Zhang suggested it be 2-sided so the sky was diaphanous and she would have a special background woven with vertical streaks as she felt that would suggest downward movement to the "snowflakes". The streaking was further accentuated by using fine strands of silk thread to elongate the treetops, adding to the illusion of downward movement.
20" x 24"Random stitches, Looping stiches, and Bundle stitches
20" x 24"Variations on the bundle stitch using blended color threads to create the bundles. Some random stitching.
20" x 24"Bundle stitches, random stitches. Subtle dye details.