Monday, 17 February 2014

Painting on/with fabric

 Hello! I'm playing catchup today.  
I was hoping to have more of this piece done before I posted about it, but I need to, and have been felting as I have orders to complete so I think this will have to be put on the back boiler until...who knows when.
 I was fancying a change and decided I wanted to do a collage. To be more specific I wanted to do a portrait in fabric collage. I sketched a face in pencil on fabric and started cutting out bits of fabric but I couldn't do it. It didn't work, I wasn't at all sure what I was doing or how to go about it really so... I gave up! Tut tut!
 Instead I got out some paper and drew another face in coloured pencils. I used to do a lot of portraits when I was a teenager but only in pencil never in colour. Colour was too scary! In fact I still find colour a bit scary. I do struggle a bit with it. Anyway I'm getting off the subject.
 Now being the kind of girl I am, I don't like to be beaten so I went back to my pencil sketch on fabric and added some colour (after all I couldn't do it any harm could I?) but something exciting happened. I really liked it, I actually enjoyed it but what to do next? I still hadn't done what I set out to do so...
 I added a scrap of fabric here... and another piece there and then stuffed it under the sewing machine and whizzed about a bit. I actually whizzed about at bit too much because I managed to stitch the foot of my machine under a piece of fabric! That took a bit of jiggling and snipping to cut it free I can tell you, lol.
love Fi x

13 comments:

Jacqui Galloway said...
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Jacqui Galloway said...

I love your new direction. The collaged portrait is very compelling. Hope you keep on with it.
Jacqui x

Betty said...

I love the little hare - these are definitely becoming your 'signature' but the collage is interesting, I haven't seen anything like this before - look forward to seeing more. Betty x

vickywilliams said...

Hi Fiona,
Very interested to see how your fabric picture develops.
I really loved your original artwork.
Best wishes

Vicky x

Daisy Jones said...

You are so talented...dx

Jacqui Wise said...

You've captured the eyes beautifully in your pencil sketch. I look forward to seeing your collage develop.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Love the portrait Fi - and the hare of course.

... Bimbi said...

I'd love to know what it would look like if you felt you were good at it!!! It's all absolutely beautiful!

Bimbi x

Kim said...

I love that hare so much! And the new portrait work is intriguing. Clever lady!

Claire said...

I do hope you keep at the portrait Fi, it's looking great and I love the addition of fabric and stitching.
I'm sure the Hare will look amazing after the soap and water treatment.
Lots of creativity going on at yours......

Claire Xx

Claire said...

I do hope you keep at the portrait Fi, it's looking great and I love the addition of fabric and stitching.
I'm sure the Hare will look amazing after the soap and water treatment.
Lots of creativity going on at yours......

Claire Xx

dosierosie said...

The face collage is looking good so far, can't wait to see how it develops.
Gillx

KC'sCourt! said...

That collage looks so pretty
Julie xxxxx