I guess it's no surprise I decided on a body part for this challenge, and Achilles' Heel sort of "jumped out" :) at me. Greek mythology tells the tale that Thetis was foretold while Achilles was a baby,
he would someday die in battle. To prevent this, Thetis dipped him in the River Styx which was supposed to make him invincible. Thetis, unfortunately, did not notice the water hadn't washed over the heel she was holding, and later, in battle, the great warrior Achilles was shot in the heel with a poison arrow and died.
To make this piece, I wanted to try a using sheers in layers. I was only moderately successful at this because I ended up with two layers instead of the three I had wanted. They are stitched loosely at the top with about an inch of batting in between so the piece kind of moves.
I started with some MRI images of the heel which showed to progression of tendons and bones from one side to the other. The under layer is a piece of black organza. I traced the image I wanted with wax, then used Decolorant to get rid of most of the black. This turned out great, very mottled looking.
For the top, I used white organza and hand stitched another image of the heel in red thread. Then I applied some gold foiling, avoiding the heel. Photographing this not easy with all the gold and sheers, so I can say with all honesty, it looks better in person.
Escaping the gray
1 day ago