More is More
I believe more is more when selecting the fabric for my artwork. What I mean by this is why use one green fabric when you can use 10 or more? By including a variety of fabrics there is the ability to have gradations, such as going from light to dark. Another advantage is it allows one to create dappled light or a sense of shadow. Think of the difference between chartreuse, Kelly green, or a very dark green with more blue than yellow.
More is Less
However, there are also times when more is less. Black fabric dye lots vary, often rather dramatically. When black is used to create a pattern in one of my pieces, as it is being used in Sunrise Over the Atlantic, I make sure to only use the same dye lot.
More OR Less
Sunrise Over the Atlantic is a more or less piece. 🙂 I’m choosing to vary my blues and other hues with a combination of hand dyed graduated fabrics and a few commercial fabrics thrown in the mix. I specially purchased a rich Amish Black to be sure all my black fabric comes from the same dye lot.
I am linking up with Nina Marie’s Off the Wall Fridays.