Dorothy Raymond


dorothy@dorothyraymond.com

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Artist Information for Dorothy Raymond

My art expresses my love of fabric and love for the mountains of Colorado. Fabric has texture and depth that I can enhance with stitching. As a child, a trip to the mountains meant that I would see the panoramic vistas of foothills, mountains and peaks; and rock formations, trees and streams; elements lacking on the dry plains of Colorado where I grew up.

I create abstract landscapes in fabric that explore the relationship between fragments of different geological elements—water interacting with the land; fire interacting with ice; light and shadow on rocks or trees. I want to evoke an emotional response to the dynamics of the interaction I portray.
A photo may provide me with inspiration and a structure for the composition, but more often I let the color and texture of my chosen fabrics dictate the shapes of the fragments and how they interact.

I use any fabric or material I can sew (including scraps from couture garment sewing) in my art quilts. Free-motion machine stitching for turned-edge and raw-edge appliqué is my favorite technique. I make very limited use of fused appliqué because fusing flattens the fabric, destroying the depth I want to evoke. I also use free-motion stitching to “paint” with thread, adding highlights or shadows, and to “draw” with thread, adding details.

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Vortex

Vortex29 x 48    Photo by Ken Sanville

Fourth in a series exploring how water, land and rock interact. 



Drought

Drought29 x 48   Photo by Ken Sanville

This eight-panel piece continues my exploration of water interacting with the land. Drought is almost a perennial issue in the west. A dry lake bed gradually filling with water inspired the first panel. Rock, sand, water and shadows viewed from above combine into new patterns. 



Where the Water Runs Free

Where the Water Runs Free20 x 39    Photo by Ken Sanville

This triptych, second in a series, explores how water interacts with the land in the arid West of North America. Rock, sand, water, sky and shadows combine into new patterns. 



Opening In Bryce Canyon

Opening In Bryce Canyon12 x 12   Photo by Ken Sanville

Abstract study of light and shadow on rocks.



Avebury Oaks

Avebury Oaks21 x 21   Photo by Ken Sanville

The magic of the oak trees inside the Avebury stone circle inspired me with their timeless mystery. I imagined the trees centuries from now as they fade into memory.