Friday, August 26, 2011

Flow Past a Square Object

This piece is an interpretation of flow past a square object.  For reasons that I can neither fathom nor correct images 2 through 7 have downloaded in portrait (rather than the original landscape) orientation. Apologies. 

The shape of this piece is reminiscent of traditional paisley designs and so I have worked it in that manner.

 The colours progress from vibrant hues down to soft pastels at the right hand end of the work.

Simple varied stitches provide the detail

Soft pastel colours resulting in a reposeful finish.

The square object subtly worked in french knots.

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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Lotus seed pod

Love lotus seed pods, particularly as they begin to senesce taking on all sorts of beautiful colours.

This drawing was done using Inktense pencils.  So great for layering and washing.

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Saturday, August 20, 2011

(as yet) untitled

This piece was very difficult to photograph due to the high lustre of the fabric and threads and the delicate colours.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

This beautiful paper peacock sculpture is by The Makerie.  You can see more work by The Makerie over on the behance network.

 The Great Omar is a life size peacock.

Gorgeous japanes papers provide the intricate detail.

What I wouldn't give to be able to have one of these!

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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Lorenzo Duran

I just stumbled upon the work of Lorenzo Duran who creates complex, tiny cutouts on leaves.  His website is in Spanish, but the images really speak for themselves.

 The artist clearly is accomplished in the art of sacred geometry.

This piece is unique in his work in that it is based on random geometry.

This one is so gorgeously complex, he is obviously a master with the blade.

This one is reminiscent of a distant landscape in a Kurosawa film.

This reminds me of the traditional Islamic art of calligraphy on leaves.
These tiny works of art traditionally feature passages from the Qu'ran and are worked in gold leaf on dried leaves

More modern interpretations have introduced colour and illuminated decoration.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Spiral Galaxy

Somewhere in a galaxy not far from here.......

In this work galah feathers and tiny stitches recreate the mesmerising beauty of a spiral galaxy.

The centre of the galaxy is defined with a pink dyed area overlaid with running stitches.  Stem stitch delineates the "arms" of the galaxy with detail formed by tiny seed stitches, slightly longer random stitches, galah feathers and french knots.

The ground fabric is a very fine dupioni silk dyed with Landscapes dyes.  The threads, as always, hand dyed silk.

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Fun with Inktense

I am having a bit of a hiatus in making embroidered works after the exhausting job of finishing 28 pieces for my exhibition.  So I've been having a bit of fun with my sketchbook (a very thoughtful gift from a friend) and my Derwent Inktense pencils.

I've always had a thing for bugs.  Found a photo of this colourful fellow in a book mysteriously titled, Bugs.  He is so resplendent I felt a bright tartan background was appropriate.

Today in a more sombre and reflective mood I decided I needed to draw something with a simple form in which I could explore colour and texture, hence this tulip that has been partially denuded of its petals.

I love the depth and intensity you can achieve with inktense pencils by layering and washing and layering over and over.

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Saturday, August 6, 2011

Fluid Thread

Another (as yet) untitled piece in my flow series.  This image represents a viscous fluid thread filament in a non-viscous fluid.

Stitches used:  satin stitch, stem stitch and french knots.

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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Reblog from Unusual Things

This is a reblog from the wonderful blog, Unusual Things.  We humans tend to think we are so clever and that we have a monopoly on creating artworks.  Not so. Just look at the visual and architectural wonders created by birds.  Again, for inspiration you cannot go past the natural world.

15. The Western Tanager Nest
14. Allen's Hummingbird
13. American Goldfinch
12. American Robin
11. California Towhee
9. Lichtenstein's Oriole
8. Cuban Emerald

7. Anna's Hummingbird
5. MacGillivray's Warbler
4. Pine Siskin
3. Rock Sparrow
2. Spotted Nightingale-Thrush
1. Wild Honeycomb with Golden Masked Tanager Nest Inside
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