The only thing is, I still actually don't know what I'm making! I've always worked best with an end product in mind and I'm just not sure what that is right now. I remember my art teachers urging me to just make and explore and ideas will come, so I'm doing that. I've taken those lovely pink fabrics I gathered last week and have been experimenting with them using the same techniques and a similar motif to the work I was doing last year. Maybe it's the tropical environment or the climate, I don't know, but right now I'm drawn to bright colours rather than the muted eco dyed silks I used back then. This new colour scheme and slightly more elongated shapes are giving that old idea a new lease on life. I guess that's what design development is all about… introducing different elements to an existing design and seeing where it goes.
So from this idea I could make brooches, hair accessories, miniature artworks, a major wall hanging or all of the above. For the moment though, I'm just enjoying the act of being creative (almost) every day. Let's see how long I can "stick to the program"…..
Here are some pics of this week's progress.
Please do leave a comment with any fabulous ideas!
|My study old 70s sewing machine (a hand-me-down from my Mum) ready to roll in the early morning light.|
|Pinks on pinks on oranges, ready for stitching.|
|I use the free embroidery foot on my machine to sew through the layers creating the quilted effect.|
|I like to do a couple at a time.|
|The free embroidery allows me to use the machine like a fine liner and create fluid lines.|
Here the basting glue I use to keep the pieces in place as I sew is still visible!
|I then cut the pieces away from the backing cloth. Here I was experimenting with combining two pieces together.|
|Now I'm trying out a different colour combo on some mini motifs.|