Project Resurrected

Remember the “project that wasn’t?”  After sketching it I decided not to proceed with it.  My issue was that it looked too jumbled, and therefore didn’t accurately depict the plant that inspired me.

My inspiration photo:The Project that Wasn't. Ellen Lindner,

The initial sketch:

The Project that Wasn't. Ellen Lindner,

However, I was slow to put the sketch away so it lived on my design wall for a while.  That gave me time to consider it further and I thought, “Why work so hard at making it just an abstract design?  Why not let it look more like the subject?” So, I rearranged my six squares a good bit and came up with this.

Project Resurrected. Ellen Lindner,

There. That was more like it.  Definitely abstracted, but with the nice curve and drape of a few flower petals.  I was happy enough to continue.

Next came a computer sketch.

Project Resurrected. Ellen Lindner,

Still happy.  Time to audition fabrics.  Starting with “black” for the six backgrounds.

Project Resurrected. Ellen Lindner,

I constructed this piece in a very non-standard way using reverse applique.  That is, I cut the black fabric to the needed shapes, so other fabrics could be tucked underneath. Like this first block, bottom left.

Project Resurrected. Ellen Lindner,

Why use this technique?  One reason: to avoid the black fabric from shadowing through the lighter ones.  Putting black on top got rid of this issue.

From a technical standpoint this worked well.  The only issue is that it was difficult to change my mind, since the first version would be cut before I realized I wanted a change.  Thankfully, my design explorations meant that I needed only a couple of very minor changes.  Whew!

Project Resurrected. Ellen Lindner,

Above, most of the black cuts were done.  Time to audition petal fabrics.

Project Resurrected. Ellen Lindner,

Auditioning is extremely important.  I always tell my students “everything affects every other.”  Which means you can’t make a decision in isolation.  You have to see how each fabric, item, or placement will work with those around it.  For instance, look at the middle two fabrics above, in the left center block.  Can you see that they blend together a little bit?  So, I changed one of them, which you can see below.

Project Resurrected. Ellen Lindner,

The photo above shows the flower petals partially complete.  They were pretty easy to do, since most of the shaping had already been done with the black fabric.

Here the flowers are, complete.

Project Resurrected. Ellen Lindner,

Green leaves and other details would happen soon.  I’ll show you next time.

Ellen Lindner


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6 Responses to Project Resurrected

  1. cindy michaud June 5, 2017 at 8:45 am #

    This is so cool, never stoppped to think about the black showing thru and ruining the color of petals. Love this technique. Can’t wait for next installment.

    • Ellen Lindner June 5, 2017 at 9:46 am #

      Thanks, Cindy! I’m liking the way it’s turning out.

  2. B. J. Berlo June 5, 2017 at 9:53 am #

    LOVE this! What a great idea to cut the darker shapes first. I agree that auditioning fabrics first can make all the difference – contrast is very important.

    • Ellen Lindner June 5, 2017 at 4:28 pm #

      Thanks, B.J. It seems a little backwards to work on the background/black fabric so diligently, but it definitely worked well.

  3. Lif Strand June 5, 2017 at 2:56 pm #

    Where’s the Like button? I”m liking this!

  4. Ellen Lindner June 5, 2017 at 4:29 pm #

    Thanks, Lif! I’m liking it too. 🙂

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