The next part of this project was to sew some of these combinations of fabrics together.
I chose to use a machine for this, really because it was quicker.
The first photo shows the two layers of applique I made for the water design.
The grey fabric is stretch rayon, so was difficult to keep flat, even with a walking foot.
I found my machining skills were a bit rusty after all this work on paper.
|For the water design, I didn't have anything blue or watery.|
I chose to try it out in varieties of grey and black
because I wanted to try out these combinations of fabrics,
not because I thought it would particularly work with this design.
|This is the two combined, superimposed on the design|
that it comes from. Not sure how well it would work if it were
in the right sort of calm colours,
but it was good practice for machine applique.
|This is me trying Tyvek paper.|
I cut it into one of the fish oil photo shapes,
painted the ends rusty orange with gouache, and then
heated it. This is an interesting effect and I can see
myself using it for all sorts of organic things.
The machining took me a while to get the speed right for the curves!
I made the triangles out of two layers of a different striped fabric with a rougher texture, and you can't see here but I cut through the top layer so as to fray it a bit, but it didn't want to fray.
I left the ends of the lower threads on them to add to the waviness.
I think the pale blue and white looks very pretty together, although it isn't anything like the mood of the original drawings. The white isn't quite strong enough to hold its own, so if I did it again I might use a less transparent fabric, or a couple more layers of muslin. In fact, thinking about it, a few layers of wavy lines might make it a better reflection of the messy look of the original design.
I want to try it with dark colours of fabric, perhaps with some shiny and some matt, to try to give the mysterious earthy look.
I found this exercise inspiring, and I want to do more!
I liked the way the layering took me off in other directions, not just sticking to the designs I had already done (see the red piece). And that this happened just by using the 'wrong' colour combinations for two of the designs.
I also wanted to do some more 3D/ relief things, but held off until the next exercise.