Hmmm…even though I double checked the spelling, sagittarius still looks like I spelled it wrong.
I would have posted pics of this last Thursday were it not for the fact that I had the devil of a job getting a decent photo of him. In the end Gareth had to take this with a proper camera.
The shirt keeps throwing me. I’m just not used to seeing centaurs in shirts. I think beshirtedness must be the mark of a medieval centaur, as I’ve never seen a classical one wearing anything more than a dodgy chest toupee. (speaking of classical, was Mary Beard’s lecture on BBC4 the other night excellent or what). Perhaps centaurs evolved somewhat in the post classical world, or perhaps Sagittarius here, being a bit ginger, needs to protect himself from sunburn.
I also gave him brown skin because I always think centaurs should be tanned. I did consider altering his face a bit to make him a bit less Mr Punch, but in the end I decided he doesn’t need to look altogether human and left him as he was.
I realised last week that I’ve made something of a cock-up. I took great care to veg dye all the threads and then forgot that the blue and red tweeds I intended to use for the fire and water signs weren’t veg dyed. Oh well, I’ll chalk that up to idiocy and leave it at that. I am seriously considering comissioning a whole bolt of the Manx tweed in white because it’s so nice to work on (they dont weave it as standard, the bit I got was a freak) so in future I can throw bits in the dye pot. I’ll have to do a lot of embroidery to use up 20 metres though.
The way the colours work together is always interesting though. I’m not sure how well it will show up in pictures, but in reality the naturally dyed blue really pops against the red. The white, normally a sort of unbleached wool colour, went rather brilliant, in a sort of” this centaurs mum uses new whiter Daz” kind of way against the red.
It also occured to me that I’ve never psoted a link to the original source for this, so there you go. As you can see the manuscript is pretty much a line drawing with little flashes of red here and there, so the colours are very much my interpretation. I’m trying to use a limited palette for each element, and I’m taking the book I have about the zodiac as a guide to which colours to use.
Of course the only book on the zodiac I have is fritz Wegner’s “Heaven and earth” purchased because it’s a pop up book and I like pop up books. Not that my inner toddler gets over excited in bookshops or anything…
Anyway, who says pop up books can’t be well researched and scholarly?
Hobbes was feeling helpful this morning, but I think you can still see how nicely the colours work together. The fabric is a little coarser than I would have liked, being a shetland wool rather than the lambswool I’ve had this diamond twill in previously, but it will be warm at least.