I have been doing some more of the raised patterns and this time I have included some stitching into the work. I have really enjoyed blurring the line between paper and fabric and using familiar mediums in unfamiliar ways.
I was inspired by some art work I saw on the internet that was a plaid design done in watercolour with line stitched on them. I can’t find the images again and for some reason I did not save them, how annoying!
So these are patterns that I like, made out of cut paper coloured with coloured pencils, some with a pattern drawn on them, embroidery thread and beads. I like the more muted colours of these ones, I have used some colour palettes taken from nature for them. The colour palettes are from a great company called Design Seeds the green palette is based on leeks and the blue one is from a garden bench. These palettes are a great inspiration as I have problems coming up with colourways straight out of my head and these inspire me to use different and more muted combinations.
I plan to enter a few of these little patterns into the 30 x 30cm exhibition at the Brunswick Gallery in Melbourne, so I will make a few and pick out the ones that work best. My main problem is that I don’t know what to call them, I want a names that will link them together yet make each one separate. I would be very grateful for any assistance that any of you out there can offer.
Yeah, something like that. Playing with a few ideas.
Karen this is so cool!!!! You’ve really moved in a new direction. I just love that. Really exciting to see.
Hi Jen, thanks so much, I am a bit nervous about this new work, I love it, but not sure if that is just me going off on a tangent and no one else will like it, so as always appreciate your support.
I think you’re sort of in a good groove, having fun and trying out new things. I just saw the dog walk map you did. 🙂 It feels to me like you’re in a zone of really enjoying exploring and it shows. I love it! I think it’s sort of magical when a creative sort gets comfy enough to try lots of different ways. Really nice.
I like design seeds for inspiration too. I was looking at these again and they make me feel happy doing that. Very cool work!
I just love these Karen, especially the first one. I like the tightness of the grid, but the movement of the shapes within it really give it life. The shadows are a really important element too. You could simply call the series ‘Grid series’ then give each one a more fanciful subtitle. The colour ways work very well too.
Thanks Anna, I like the name thank you. I was worried about how to photograph them to show their movement and sparkle, so decided to do it in the sun, though I did loose some of the colour depth. I am really pleased you like them. Karen