I bought these purple tulips mainly to see how they would dry and I wasn’t disappointed in their performance! I like the delicate colour scheme very much and the inclusion of complementary colours, purple and yellow brings a vibrancy.
The papery texture is also pleasing and as the petals have shrunk they have been pulled into tiny ripples.
Infact they are quite similar to little watercolour paintings. I find that the subtle characteristics are often the most inspiring.
When translating some of these qualities into textile design, I would look at ways in which I could recreate the colour scheme. I find that dyed silk and merino fibres as used in feltmaking are really good for providing organic and sensitive colour palettes. Also fabric paint could be used to recreate the colours, particularly silk paints and silk habutai would be an ideal fabric to work with as it is similar in weight and translucency to the tulip petals.
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