Not much seems to go to waste in what is left from my various throw-outs. The joy of using a drawing program as a tool means that even the most unpromising bits of stuff can perhaps become the basis for something.
When I began exploring how various marks made on an etching plate would print I played around with a repeated figure and other kinds of lines, scratchings, and lettering, to which I subsequently added after a preliminary proof.
Fine, I now saw a way forward to make a 'proper' plate, abandoned everything on this plate, and went on to develop different ideas.
However, because I scanned all my printed material for my notebook, the images were stored digitally too. And something there started calling to me. I 'cleaned up' the image to give me a good look at what was there.
What struck me particularly was the upward motion of the arms and hands. I cropped to isolate that motion, and was almost there.
I just needed to add some more texture.
A conjunction particularly comes to me at this time of year : the growing consumer excesses of the festive season, and in contrast the ever more glaring increasing quantity of poverty and oppression. Something to contemplate as I stitch the piece, now printed onto silk.