Saturday, February 5, 2011

From teatowel to cushion


I'm sure it's been a busy week for many of you with kids returning to school and trying to restore routine after weeks of chaos, ( l remember it well).

l have been trying to finish a couple of paintings for the local Art Show which takes place in March, but although l started about 3 weeks ago l haven't even finished one yet, so l have been trying to get cracking. l find myself distracted by so many, and the smallest of things that l can't settle and concentrate for long. Being an artist has very little to do with talent and a lot to do with concentration and work. Just as well as l don't have to support myself with my art .....l'd starve.

Below is a couple of sketches of famous people (l hope they're recognisable) and l do these every now and then, as a way of really looking and translating that onto paper. It's a great way to know if you've "looked hard enough or well enough" as others either will, or won't, recognise what you think you've seen and drawn. (Am l rambling again... sorry)
Any way to the left is Natalie Imbruglia and to the right is Janet Jackson. These were done in the nineties and weirdly, it seems just like yesterday.

If you want to experiment with portrait work, my advice is not to try and work flat, always put your drawing/painting on an angle (like on an easel) as otherwise the face distorts. Not sure why, but it does.

When l came across this tea towel it just reminded me of the many prints that l have seen lately on French style cushions in the homewares shops, and in magazines and blogs that l've looked at.
Above is the uncut cloth with the trims l used . All the lace was tea dyed beforehand so the cushion would have a more cohesive look.
l just cut it in half and sewed it together with the lace in the middle. After adding the trims l popped in a calico insert to give a neater finish and hold the fill, once that was done a little bit of hand stitching to close it all off and ...Voila!! 

The lace is pleated in the corners so that it sits flat and doesn't buckle.


Thanks for visiting.


1 comment:

  1. Gosh, everything is so beautiful, I don't know where to start. I really love everything - the drawings, oh and yes you certainly do have to be talented to draw like this... I mean really talented! Thanks for the tip on having the drawing on an angle. Didn't realise that. The cushions, they are divine so are the shoes and the perfume bottle - well, I could go on and on.... Yes the cushion needs lace! - What are they thinking??!!! Thanks too for sharing.