Embroidered tea stained linen using silk and cotton floss to create a little bunny with a plan! I added tea stains and incorporated them into the design as a reminder that even the best laid plans can be disrupted, adapt, grow, remain flexible, sometimes the unexpected path leads to the most rewarding conclusion.
I’ve been working on new designs for badges and brooches, I will be selling in Bristol through August and September at paper scissors stone come along to the launch on Wednesday 1st August. Above are some of the drawings I have made for a series of Molly Dolly inspired badges, also putting together new felt brooches and small printed Molly Dolly girls who like the badges are a fox, an owl and a bear, they each have little wool felt party hats. Also in progress are some fine detailed black and white ink drawings, also for badges.
I’ve been planning bags and t-shirts for ages and finally got a couple of samples made up to test run. Rosie is modelling my Molly Dolly Tee, hand painted with a linen and cotton ruff at the neck. I also made up a sample s hand painted cotton shopping bag, we took it on a test run to the local shop and then to the park with drinks and snacks, it can fold up in my shoulder bag when not needed.
Suffering from pre summer holiday exhaustion today but I did finish this little ink and acrylic drawing, puppet girl.
Horse girl is ink and acrylic paint on paper with a white lace dress made by pin pricking the paper. Early start tomorrow so I’m off to bed, good night and fingers crossed for a little sunshine next week!!
Inspiration for these drawings has come from a mixture of sources, I have childhood memories of cards with spanish flamenco dancers who wore dresses overlaid with silky threads, I was fascinated by these beautifully kitsch creations and have always wanted to do something with embroidered stitches on paper. Secondly a love of the intricate miniature paintings from India and Persia, I have a book called mostly miniatures, an introduction to Persian painting, I’ve also been enjoying a book called Fierce friends on early paintings depicting animals, I love that the animals are not always anatomically correct with slightly distorted shapes,sometimes because the artists were painting from written descriptions and imagination.
The puppet girl embroidery is finished. The hand embroidery is very different from using the machine, slower and more precise which suits what I wanted to achieve here, a delicate detailed drawing, like something I might create with ink and water-colour. I’m interested in bringing together my quite eclectic styles of working to see what happens, I’m experimenting with adding embroidered stitches to paper work, I’ll post about this later. In this work I wanted to explore different stitches but I’ve mislaid my embroidery books! so everything here is largely from memory or made up. I also used a mixture of threads for different effects, silk and cotton floss, gold and sparkly pink and some space dyed thread (I’m not sure what it’s called)