Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Sneak Peak 3

Here's my collage of the fungi I'm using for a tapestry workshop on Saturday.  Collage is a good way to introduce texture into your design process and starts to give you the feel of a textile.
With the colour and pencil textural studies you begin to feel closer to your design and ideas will now start to flow.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Sneak Peak 2

Not my usual style of painting, here, in oil pastel this time, but gave a better feel for the colours, still more work to do!

Beginning to get ideas for the tapestries and the woven shibori.  The tweed, well I love tweed, so that won't be too difficult, so more of that later.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Sneak Peak 1

You will probably recognise this image from the Colour Palette for October.  I selected an area of the image and cut it because I wanted to show the overlapping shapes of the fungi and the lovely ferns.

This is for three projects I'm working on...

To start, I'm designing a range of tapestries for a workshop I'm tutoring for Melbourne Arts Festival on Saturday 29 October.  We will be designing and weaving a small tapestry in a day.

I've registered for the Sketchbook Project 2012 and have chosen Stitches and Fold which has filled up already!  There's still time to sign up before the deadline of 31 October 2011, although you won't be able to pick Stitches and Folds.  This image immediately spoke folds, and I want to explore woven shibori and double cloth.

Finally, the colours are really really autumnal and would lend themselves to a beautiful tweed or suiting fabric, which I love designing, so that will be explored later.

On the left is a quick colour study in water colour and a rough textural sketch in pencil and charcoal.

So now you've seen my latest project I'll pop off and work on a collage next.

Watch this space...

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Colour Palette of the Month - October!

While I was looking through my image collection for this months inspiration I came across this image which was "snapped" in August, when we were exploring out new area.  During a walk we came across an old tree that had been blown over in the wind and in the hole where the roots had been a lot of bracket fungi were growing.

I was really taken with the autumnal colours, even in August, and the fern just set off the browns, yellows and ochres.

These colours are very "tweed" like and I could see this as a coat fabric with the lime green fern colour as an accent with lime green accessories!  What do you all think?

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