I am revisiting the leaf theme I was working on the last time I posted here. However now I am working with fabric, machine embroidery and handstitching. I wanted a fairly simple idea that I could endlessly experiment with…and I would like to create a motif that can be used for different things.
My last blog was a year and 8 months ago!! largely because the focus of my attention has been on surface pattern design. Basically surface pattern design is the designing of patterns for absolutely anything where a pattern is required from dress fabrics to wallpaper to crockery. This is a new direction for me and there has and still is a lot to learn.
A couple of years ago, I returned to sketchbook work and I really wanted to be able to make more use of my drawings. I discovered digital pattern design and it provided me with the answer I was looking for. It has surprised me that I enjoy digital work so much…but I find it to be enthralling and the endless possibilities are exciting!
So, I am now juggling my embroidery work with surface pattern design, however I try as much as possible to connect the 2 things and that is not hard to do. After all, any sketchbook work I do for embroidery can easily be explored digitally and developed into a surface pattern and in fact I am hoping that the development of my signature style is distinctively informed by my work as an embroidery designer.
Nevertheless, on the whole I am going to focus on embroidery in this blog and I am working on a dedicated blog for surface pattern design (link to arrive shortly).
Therefore to continue, I have been exploring the combination of fabric scraps (re-using materials is at the core of my endeavour to be as ecologically-conscious as possible), handstitching (inspired by darning and Japanese Boro), freestyle machine embroidery and handmade felt; because I love the quality as a base fabric for embroidery.
My plan is to try to refine my process as much as possible while simultaneously experimenting with many variations. The leaf shape was chosen as a simple motif that I can apply different themes to. For example my first designs are around the theme of ‘Springtime’ and I am using a colour scheme which, is quintessentially of this time of year. The colours are of fresh green shoots, young leaves and blossoms in an array of pinks and lavenders. Creams and yellows complete the positive and hopeful energy of the colour scheme.