Monday, 24 November 2008
Last week I received a private commission to produce a selection of greetings cards suitable for any occasion and my studio has subsequently been a hive of card making activity. The images shown here are a preview of the first cards in the collection. They have all been produced using printed images of details taken from embroidered and appliquéd artworks from my portfolio. The images have been layered up with handmade/coloured and textured base papers and have had button and jewel detail added where appropriate.
The next group of designs for this card collection will be contemporary florals. I shall post some images of this group once they are ready.
Monday, 17 November 2008
Having been a fan of refusing plastic bags and using my own cotton alternative for a long time I am really pleased that this practice is now becoming the norm. There are many calico shopping bags currently available from supermarkets, city councils and as fashion items from high street stores.
The appliqué vegetable motifs above are to be used on my own limited edition collection of calico shopping bags. I think I shall add some embroidered text and perhaps a splash of colour with bound seams. I shall post the finished items for you soon.
Monday, 10 November 2008
Monday, 3 November 2008
In keeping with the current trend for tartan I have created my new floral artwork using a muted grey/duck-egg tartan fabric and co-ordinating geometric prints on a cream ground. The overall effect is contemporary yet soft, making the design suitable for interior textiles such as bed linen.
The stitch detail is a mixture of freehand machine embroidery and hand-embroidery. The result is fresh and crisp whilst still maintaining a soft and organic feel with the muted colour palette and floral motifs.