This month I joined the #marchmeetthemaker challenge (by @joannehawker ) on Instagram. Each day we, the makers, are supposed to post a pic regarding a different aspect of our business: pics of the studio, materials, latest creations, fav things to make, packaging and so on. Day 14 challenge was about “creative friends” so I thought I would share one of my sister’s artworks (Check her Instagram gallery @serenart90 ). While selecting her paintings I found few watercolors that matched perfectly my handwoven fabrics and got super excited! I started taking tons of pictures of my scarves and her works and here is the result:
After I decided the color range for this scarf I started planning the color order and combination. I knew I wanted to create a striped scarf so I tested different possibilities using the demo version of weavemaker, a very useful software for weavers.
After trying few combinations, changing the order of the colors and the thickness of each strip, I decided the final sequence and I started to make the warp.
As I always do, I mentally plan the threading and the pattern and I test it with weavemaker. Anyway, I end up changing the pattern so often once I start weaving! I do like to experiment and I get bored easily so it’s very hard for me to keep repeating the same pattern throughout the entire length of the scarf. I particularly like “free weaving” technique, weaving without following a fixed draft and mixing up twills, ribs, plain weave etc.
This past week, beside planning the exhibition space, I have also been busy preparing a few more collage that could be translated into prints.This time I used 2 A3 paper combined together, in order to enlarge the patterns.
As red is one of the color included in my handbag collection, I thought that I might introduce it in the print collection as well (Fig).
After making the collages, I scanned them and I started combining them using photoshop.
At first, I wanted to create simple patterns but in the end I resolved for more complex one, that will match the bag collection (especially the handwoven designs).
As can be seen from the pictures, the designs are made up by strips and lines in different colors and different sizes. I particularly like experimenting with paper and most of the design ideas are created during the collages process. I see each collage as a resolved piece and I don’t like repeated pattern so much but as the scarf sizes are relatively big, I must repeat the pattern on the surface.