Inspired by the embroidery and illustrative work of Liza Lou during a trip to New York, I was intrigued by how the repetition of simple shapes can become so laborious and wanted to experience for myself the skills required. I learnt quickly the patience involved and stillness of hand. I then used the tessellation (or lack thereof) of simple forms to create spontaneous maps and topographies. This became a meditative process for me and I continue to fill a small notebook with these circular explorations.
I combined these illustrations through an animated gif in order to try and capture the joy of flipping through journal, as a multi-page pdf loses this process.
Liza Lou’s illustration resembles discarded netting with tears and folds. I wished to use negative space and shading in a similar way in order to demonstrate state or national borders. I applied this to depict Kenya, the home country of my partner, using thick lines to highlight his hometown.
*View the gif at kathleenpage.com