After many months on hiatus, after many months of on and off work, Frida has finally re-emerged in order for me to tackle the difficult problem of how to mount the work for framing! As this is the first portrait work I've made in delicate, antique lace, and she was constructed on tulle suspended and stretched taut on the studio wall, there was an etherealness, which disappeared when I lay her on the mount board! The dark tones in the face became far too strong and I was struck with fear that the work may never be resolved. Below are some photos of the first stage of the process, which has been even more labour intensive than usual - requiring three layers of museum foam-core. The work was rolled around card with tissue paper, then transferred to a stronger layer of tulle on the wall. After pinning was complete the mount boards were delivered to my studio and prepared....areas of flesh were removed from the middle layer to allow light to penetrate the delicate lace which creates the face. It has been painstaking work, but also exciting, to be creating a unique process for the unique materiality of my practice - embroidery and lace discarded, disinherited, rescued and remade. In another journal post I will show the pinning to mount-board process and the final result, so I hope you will stay tuned!