This is a crazy quilt that I’ve made a few months ago. After making a square out of scraps of fabric, I started decorating it. Which is my favourite part. I dyed the centre with acrylic paint and embellished it with french knots and a heart, which is actually a christmas ornament. I’ve stamped, used found objects and small items that I had stored in a plastic container for later use. Such as little paper bows, paper buttons and crocheted flowers.
After reading an article about Michaela Laurie in Cloth Paper Scissord, I decided to give stitching paper a go. I cut a lot of 1 cm squares and glued them onto a sheet of watercolour paper. After that, I stitched the squares onto the paper using a decorative stitch (this was the first time that I used a sewing machine). I decorated my bag with buttons and ribbon.
For my first sketch, I decided to use some of the minerals that I have been collecting since I was a child. I’ve placed 3 minerals on a piece of vibrant red paper (the colour of the paper is really vibrant even though it doesn’t seem to be on this photo).
After that, I made another sketch using fruit that I placed on blue paper.
It wasn’t easy to mix the colours. I had some trouble recording the translucency of the minerals and the way the other minerals, the sun and the paper reflected in the minerals. But I definitely learned a lot studying the objects that I painted and I’m getting more confident in identifying colours and trusting my eyes rather than listen to what my brain tells me that I see.
The last couple of days, I’ve been working on my sketchbook. I’ve been trying out new techniques and new mediums. After reading about making your own stamps. I decided to try it out myself.
For this page, I used acrylic paint in pastel colours and paper napkins for some texture.
Watered down acrylic paint
This Collage was inspired by a haiku written by Natsume Soseki:
Over the wintry
forest, winds howl in rage
with no leaves to blow.
I don’t really like colouring in my drawings because I feels so definite and I won’t be able to change the drawing. But looking at the black and white sketch and the finished sketch, I like the effect of the colours.
I’ve been experimenting with Derwent Aquatones. I love the effects you get when you wet the drawing. I used Aquatones and Inktense on the page below.
I while ago, I went to the Groninger Museum in Groningen. I had a great day and I’ve seen some wonderful pieces of art that really inspired me. I spent the whole day looking at the work of Chinese artist Yin Xiuzhen and Dutch fashion designer Iris van Herpen.
Lately, I’ve been really interested in recycling materials for my projects, so I love the way Yin Xiuzhen uses old clothes. Her work is so impressive and inspiring. Every piece seems to change depending on the angle. Some pieces could actually be viewed from the inside as well as from the outside.
I’m definitely going to try to make my own city.
Another exhibition that I really loved was the exhibition dedicated to the work of Iris of Herpen. It’s always great to see the work of Dutch artists and the the clothes made by Iris van Herpen are amazing. Her clothes are really innovative and the handwork and use of material is amazing.