That wonderful tingly feeling

In my last post I talked about how creativity tends to creep up on me when I am immersed in process. I follow a set process when developing a new series … I work on the colours first – pinning them on my design wall for assessment. Then I do the printing and pin pieces up until my design wall is covered. I discard fabric that doesn’t ‘fit’ without thinking too hard about why. I then sample different types of construction. In my Hidden Message series this resulted in several pieces going in the bin before I was happy. With my Ruins series (and the series I am developing now) building a background made of bricks felt ‘right’. Having stitched some small sample backgrounds I turn to my design wall again.

I don’t do sketchbooks – I do pinning things to a design wall until something ‘clicks’.

Today I pinned up my two sample backgrounds. I rummaged through my boxes of dyed fabric and pinned up a selection of colours. I am not going to decide yet if the foreground will consist of dyed fabric or printed fabric or stitch yet. They are just up there. I added a couple of photos I took last summer of an old gasworks.

Then I used one of my favourite ‘tools’ – I cropped and enlarged small sections from the photo and pinned the results up. And I got that wonderful tingly feeling! I don’t know what size the finished pieces will be or how I will apply the foreground but I do know what I’m going to be spending the next few months doing.

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5 responses to “That wonderful tingly feeling

  1. Kelly Cheesley

    I just wanted to say thank you for your wonderful blog and for sharing your processes with us. I’m a City and Guilds student and I love reading these posts so much. Incredibly inspiring. Kelly

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  2. Oh that looks interesting 😊. Can’t wait to see it in real life…

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  3. Love your process and the results Leah. I too don’t do sketchbooks but truly love my design wall 🙂

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