Friday, May 20, 2011

Tapestry Preperation...

Girl with cat
Overview of what's going on in my studio! Cartoon, collages and yarn!

Even though I have been sick for the last week (I have bronchitis - yuck!), I've been slowly getting preperations ready for a new BIG tapestry.  I always love working big and I love having a big work on the loom to come back to you for awhile.  The loom has been warped up in the studio and I had been playing around with some new collages, trying to figure out what to weave next.

Yarn for new tapestry
I think I freaked out the girl serving me when I got these super bright yarns all together.

All of the new collages were still forming part of my Envelope Series and utilizing the 'Hello My Name Is' stickers.  It has made me collage a little differently by adding these elements into the works but I think that they also give them a strong base too.  The last lot of collages also were using much stronger geometric shapes, probably an influence of seeing the Sonia Delaunay exhibition at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum recently. (Loved it!)
Miss Nina likes to inspect my art work
Miss Nina inspects the cartoon, I love that the kitty is almost the same size as Nina.

The image that made it through to the 'weaving round' is definitely much brighter than my usual palette and I would say that this influence has come from some of the new Marimekko ranges, especially their last spring range.  There is something very appealing about these bright colours when they are converted into a textile medium.  It's like lollies and you just want to eat them up!  It was funny as I had posted some of the collages on to insta.grm and it was interesting that a bunch of people picked this one!  Even people I didn't know.  Not that I used a voting poll to select what to weave next, it was interesting to get some instant feedback.  Gotta love social media for that!

girl with cat
The collage, title still to come.

So the cartoon has been printed out, I do have a little bit of work to do on it as they had trouble fitting it all on to one sheet.  The scale is approximately 1.5 metres in height and about 1 metre in width, yep, it's BIG!  I can't wait to make a start on it this weekend!  Stay tuned for weaving update posts.

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