‘Tread Softly’ has a conservation theme reflecting the fragility of the earth. Featherweight feet shapes are placed along a flower footpath of paper fragments, laced together with fine stitching.
Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams. William Yeats
A meandering lace-like textile of stitched paper fragments overlaid with silk paper feet shapes, denoting the fragility of the earth.
Lightweight silk paper feet shapes are placed to avoid the undulating paper path and delicate translucent flower shapes.
Sian Martin with ‘Tread Softly’ at gallery exhibition, ‘Art of the Stitch’ at the Museum of Art, Paris.