The pattern is ready, all pieces are numbered and defined.
As I worked on this step of the project, I reflected on the meaning of various parts of the image, particularly the horse. I thought about how to depict him. He is a symbol of grace. How will we show that in fabric pieces? How is grace shown in visual images? My first mental picture is, embarassingly enough, pretty trite and childish. I imagined grace as something being received by a cartoon figure, a girlish figure standing respectfully still, with sparkly magic dust being applied from above. Bright starry little lights swirl around, and voila! the person has received grace. Without any preceding information nor follow-up, this is a limited image for sure. Looking at this St. George icon brings up a more (I hope) complex image, but still always incomplete of course. Horses: Warm, powerful, alive, individual. Riding on horses: A willing response to a request for action, carried out with a surge of speed and strength. A positive carrying forward to the next step, the next place. The motion is free-flowing, strong, sure, responsive, unstoppable, freely given, living and active. I can see many metaphors and analogies to grace here.
The challenge will be to bring these concepts to the art project using the media of cloth, in a way that will “read” clearly to the viewer as well as being beautiful. The bold shape is there, the color has been determined. The proportion of this shape to other objects is delineated, and it is a dominant element in this composition. But the cloth itself: Should it “sparkle”? Should the cloth be subdued and supportive, or burst forward visually? Have streamers flowing loosely from a base fabric? Be simple and forthright–or decorated, multilayered and lavish? The possibilities are endless, and so are the solutions. What do you think? How do you visualize God’s grace?