|Ink wash drawing of a teasel|
A few months ago I was invited to join the exhibiting group, Turning Point. I was very flattered as I love seeing their work in various locations, such as the Smith in Stirling. Of course, I accepted, especially as it adds a new challenge for me – making work to a theme and size set by another. The first piece I need to make is to be inspired by a saying.
We had lots of family fun coming up with inappropriate sayings, but finally I settled on the William Morris quote:
“Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful”
I’ve been taking lots of photos of nature recently and I thought this could tie in nicely with a quilt inspired by nature. This also conveniently links in with the nature course I am running over this year. So far, I have taken lots of photos,
|Lovely flowers from one of the students, Chrystine|
looked at lots of Morris wallpaper on Pinterest,
|My pinterest board|
made lots of sketches
|Blind drawing of leaves|
and dyed and printed fabric green.
|Breakdown printed fabric|
Initially I was thinking of something directly Morris inspired, but I’m not convinced that this suits me as all my drawings keep going looser and looser.
I didn’t think it would be a photo realistic quilt either, and that has been confirmed as I’ve gone along – my drawings started from the flowers and have become more imaginary and I use the shapes which appealed the most.
|One of the more recent drawings|
So now I’ve done my research and I have a reasonable idea in my head as to how it is going to look. Having dyed lots of fabric for the background – it was always going to be green! – I just need to get started on the sampling.
|Some of the green fabric dyeing - this shade will not be the dominant colour!|
I always tell my students to sample as you will end up with a more interesting work, having worked through any issues in advance, but sometimes I still rush in... This time I’m going to be good!
|I love the dew on the cobwebs in Autumn|