Just browsing through my drafts, and found that I wrote this and never posted it in October of 2011. It’s still not quilted – maybe it will take less than four-and-a-half years to achieve that!
First, here’s the photo that inspired me. I’m not sure it’s the best example of negative space, but I was inspired. The source is: http://narrativetangotoursblog.wordpress.com/2011/12/26/foto-rutas-top-5-tips-for-taking-great-tango-photography/#comment-12 or http://tinyurl.com/mjj6d27 . I left a request for permission, but didn’t hear anything either way . . . thanks to them for not quashing my creativity. I found too late that I needed to lighten up the picture very much to get the detail I wanted. But I’m still happy with the result.
And here’s my interpretation of the photo. I think I will change his foot, again; then I have to decide how to quilt it. There won’t be a border, and her skirt will go off the edge. And looking at the picture, I expect I’ll cut the other three sides close. It’s hand appliqued, though not super-fine. The hat is wool with ink, sleeves are black Radiance, his leg is discharged (unsuccessfully) cotton sateen, her arms are hand-dyed and inked, and her skirt is velvet/een. Oh, her hair is a cotton quilt fabric that I was thrilled to find in my stash.