Conversation is a tool of communication. But I had no idea how to portray conversation in fabric. It wasn’t coming to me. Then one day while sitting in a coffee shop I watched as a young man and his lady friend were having an intense conversation. No sound was made, but you could tell that the conversation was lively and entertaining from the expressions on their face. They were deaf and using sign language. That’s when I had my “aha” moment. I was intrigued by the flurry of hand gestures even though I did not understand what was being said. So this is my tribute to the tools of silent conversation.
The hand symbols were printed on Lutradur. It took several attempts to get the print to come out sharp enough. You can read more details on my blog here. I then added the thread-sketched eyes (my first attempt at thread sketching I might add) to reference that this type of conversation requires two tools; both hands and eyes. The additional stitching connects the two “tools” to form the conversation.
This theme was a challenge for me but I think I managed to complete it successfully. Besides I also used two “tools’ I had never used before; Lutradur and thread sketching.