Saturday, November 22, 2014

Background Check

I'm soliciting opinions.

I've finished this image of two pairs of hands, created in a collage style, for an upcoming exhibit at the Hartford Public Library. 

 Now I have to figure out what to do about the background for the hands, and I'm asking for opinions.

What about a plain background of one piece of fabric?  It would be quilted in some manner, of course:

Or what about a strip-pieced background like this?  Too busy?

Or what about a plain background, but with the central image offset in some way?

The offset portion wouldn't have to be squarer--it could be vaguely circular, with its edges following a pattern in the batik.

What if the offset portion had some bells and whistles, like triangles?

I'm leaning toward the plain background, offset with another color, but without the triangles, which I think detract.

What do you think of these ideas?  Can you think of any other kind of background?

To everybody who shares their views:  a big thank you!


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  2. Hi Diane! Since you asked, I'll give my 2 cents. I like the strip pieced background as it reflects the complex piecing of the hands. Yes it's busy but the contrast of green with the warm orange/browns of the hands sets it apart. If you want to go with a solid color background, I think a neutral would be better - the one on plain white is actually quite nice. The one with the green square gives the impression of hands stitching on a quilt (effective, if that is what you were going for). My least favorite is the solid green background; to me, it doesn't relate to the hands by style or color and seems to drain the hands of their vitality. JMHO. At the end of the day, it is your work so don't let other opinions pull you away from your own gut instinct. Beautiful work on the hands! I'm sure you'll find a good solution for the background. :-)