Getting my GROOVE

The process of creating often starts with one idea but quickly evolves into many. Usually it's with a lot of trial and error that I'll eventually land on my final outcome. Within those so called mistakes I'll see something that really feels right. My favorite pieces have usually been the most challenging or difficult to finish. Sound familiar…could be a metaphor for life, right?!! 

The idea of fabric wall hangings came to mind because of my love for textiles. When looking for art inspiration I was often drawn to textile design. I was also looking for something a bit different from the traditional canvas paintings. Fabric seemed like a natural direction and it also provided a wider spectrum for its use. I intend to incorporate printing techniques in the near future and I'm even thinking about embroidery!! New modern hip embroidery of course! The options are endless and I'm so excited to soon be sharing them with you.

 

Here are a few photos from my work process:

Aside from cutting the fabric and ironing, this is my starting point for all wall hangings. I do the drawings freehand so there's always a bit of intimidation with each wall hanging that I start. Usually there's a boat load of pacing prior to the actual drawing. Once the drawing is in place I'm able to relax and that's when all the fun starts!!

Aside from cutting the fabric and ironing, this is my starting point for all wall hangings. I do the drawings freehand so there's always a bit of intimidation with each wall hanging that I start. Usually there's a boat load of pacing prior to the actual drawing. Once the drawing is in place I'm able to relax and that's when all the fun starts!!

I'm playing around with a watercolored/dyed look that I'm really liking. This is the background I decided to go with. I'll be doing more of this in upcoming wall hangings. It's a fun technique to apply!

I'm playing around with a watercolored/dyed look that I'm really liking. This is the background I decided to go with. I'll be doing more of this in upcoming wall hangings. It's a fun technique to apply!

After drying all night the blue background finally lightened which I was hoping for. I decided to go with somewhat of a pastel palette for the plants/flowers. For some reason I've been on a pastel kick lately (these aren't quite pastel, but in that range). Anyway, this is my process and the general style I'll be landing on in upcoming projects.

After drying all night the blue background finally lightened which I was hoping for. I decided to go with somewhat of a pastel palette for the plants/flowers. For some reason I've been on a pastel kick lately (these aren't quite pastel, but in that range). Anyway, this is my process and the general style I'll be landing on in upcoming projects.

I'll be sharing a lot more photos and insight into my creative process for future posts. In the meantime I hope you guys enjoyed it. As I mentioned in the caption above, this wall hanging gives you a taste of what to expect in upcoming work. This is definitely the style I'll be working from. Crossing my fingers you folks like it as much as I love making it!!! 

 

Thoughts for next week:

Who are you? Do you really know? How often do you check in with yourself? Oh man, I love a good discussion on heavyweight topics!!! I'm a self-help kind of gal. Give these questions some thought and we'll chat next week. Nothing like a change of subject, right?

Enjoy the weekend & Happy Halloween!