The Textures of Laval Life

This is an 8″x10″ stitched wood map I made this past summer 2014 of Laval, Quebec. I really wanted to created a piece that captured the richness of Isabelle’s (who commissioned the piece) life. The joy she experienced of being surrounded by farmland, taking family walks, boating and fishing in the rivers, and just the overall colourfulness of her personality and
her life. She also requested that I encoropate train tracks because, like me, she just loves stitched tracks! And somehow, by lovely chance the layout of the finished piece included the street of her childhood home. Map Love!!

I so enjoyed creating this map. I loved meeting Isabelle and hearing about her life. And I so loved translating some of her life experience into this piece: the textural complexity, the colurs, the fullness. I love how dynamic and vibrant the piece ended up, so very Isabelle!

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front view

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Top Looking Down

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From bottom looking up

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Right Side

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left side

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Laval piece, pre-stitching

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back view

As always, it’s hard to adequately convey the texture and intricacy of the piece in photos but these give you an idea. Many, many more pieces from 2014 yet to post! Hopefully, I will get to that soon.

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