Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Concrete Jungle!!

As you may know I have moved back to Birmingham recently after being away for over 28 years!  Being back is fantastic and has renewed my love of concrete all the more!  I have to walk through a lot of concrete to get to my new studio which is in The Custard Factory in Birmingham and as ever I have been fascinated by the different textures and colours and so have used my daily photographs as the basis of a new collection of small tapestrys.

I use photos as the starting point for a lot of my designs, from the photo I draw what I see and then experiment with the shapes often cutting them out and rearranging them.  I will often paint or colour the designs before using software to create the tapestry chart.  Take a look below at how some basic drawings have started to become fully fledged designs!  

There's still a way for these designs to go especially on the colour front, the final designs will be more muted but I like to work with brighter colours to start with.

These small designs will be launched at The Hand Made Fair which takes place from 19th to 21st September at Hampton Court.  This is a brand new fair and it seems set to be a highlight of the crafting year for both visitors and participants alike.  I am very excited to be exhibiting at a Fair where Kaffe Fassett is involved.

I will continue to post updates on all of my designs for the Fair over the next few months and will also be highlighting some of the exhibitors too!

So I am off to stitch now and look at more urban textures!

Happy Stitching