Silk Road - Embroideries of Robert Glenn Ketchum
SILK ROAD #132: In this perfectly lit, nearly-macro detail you can see the differing “weight” of the stitches. The detail is close enough that it records the fine mesh holes of the background matrix into which the embroidery is sewn. The long, fluid white/silver lines are the “free-form” stitches representing the flow of the water current. They are very spare with a good bit of spacing between the stitches, AND many are sewn in “reverse” direction, so they highlight at differing points of light reflection. The carp, on the other hand, have been rendered with extremely dense “fine-style” stitches, all running in a uniform direction, a perfect illusion of fish scales. Against the diaphanous threadwork of the background, the highly detailed embroidery of the carp give them dimensional “volume." They have a physical presence as they clearly float in the "current" swirling around them.
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