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.
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.Images scroll down to view all
Vortex29 x 48   Photo by Ken Sanville
Fourth in a series exploring how water, land and rock interact.
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 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 Canyon12 x 12   Photo by Ken Sanville
Abstract study of light and shadow on rocks.
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.