Musings of a New Zealand mixed media & textile artist
Okay ,so not as efficient with technology as I thought. After I wrote my blog post somehow only part of it posted so trying again...
My pack arrived and I opened it to find that there were the two colours I dislike the most....orange and mustard. I spent several days looking at them. Maybe if I smiled nicely then a miracle would happen and I would be struck with the perfect design inspiration! Surprisingly, this didn’t happen and I was back to the next best thing-hard work. I played around with ideas which utilised those colours (autumn, sandy beaches etc) , but that was working.
I then thought about a grungy graffiti look where I used black, browns and dirty whites, but that didn’t feel very different. There has been a lot of art produced recently with that style.
After several more sessions it suddenly struck me- I could use the influence of Klimt, one of my favourite artists. I began to experiment with stencils and stamps on scrap fabric. After finding a colour palette of bronze, gold, burnt orange and dark blue-purples it began to look more promising.
As I only have one piece of the mustard felt it had to be right before I started on the actual piece.
Today was the day. I mixed several different bronze colours and stencilled straight on to the felt. I am now committed.