Tuesday, 27 November 2012
Thought I would share a new embroidery with you today that I've been working on over the past wee while. This piece of work began as a series of drawings and screen-prints that I worked on a couple of years ago. The prints and drawings had a lot more blocked in colours particularly the sleeve, cuff and socks. The original drawings had a handful of teeth as well, individually shaded.
I wanted to try something a bit more linear so I tried to avoid the temptation of filling in large spaces with satin stitch and tried to use pattern instead to give depth.
I'll be working on a series of smaller embroideries over the next few weeks so keep your eye out for those...
Thursday, 22 November 2012
The news of the last typewriter being manufactured in Britain, made me feel more than a little bit sad. I remember being five years old and being greeted by a shiny new red typewriter on Christmas morning. There's something about using a manual typewriter that has a completely different atmosphere from using a laptop. For me, it has the same feel as sketching, starting off with a blank sheet of paper that could be messed up at any point. I like having that level of unpredictability when I'm working which is probably why I have never fared well using illustration software to complete any of my artworks- I'm old school all the way with my drawing!
Here's some fifties typewriter ads to lift the mood...
Friday, 9 November 2012
|Girlie Pains, Gift Bags|
|Girlie Pains, Christmas Gift Tags|
|Girlie Pains, Scene Mean Zine|
|Girlie Pains, Stationary Set|
|Sanderson, Dandelion Embroidery Fabric|
|Sanderson, Fifi Wallpaper|
|Sanderson, Park Life Fabric|
|Sanderson, Perpetua Fabric|
|One of many versions of Kamikaze Girls DVD covers|
Thursday, 8 November 2012
For those of you who haven't seen my ever expanding bump, I'm seven months pregnant! We're in the process of decorating our spare room for our new arrival and i have been looking for some fun projects to adorn the nursery walls.
I came across these lovely dapper chaps on Sublime Stitching website. For those of you who don't know about Sublime Stitching, it's an independent company run by artist/embroiderer Jenny Hart. They stock everything from embroidery tools to transfer patterns by a variety of illustrators. The two designs above are by illustrator Ryan Berkley and are part of a pack of four (also including a cat and a rabbit).
I have a lot of odds and ends of embroidery thread and these patterns were a great way to use it all up! I wanted to keep a linear quality to the embroidery so i made the decision to block fill the jackets and leave the rest as a series of coloured lines.
If you would like to try some for yourself just follow the link here.
Wednesday, 7 November 2012
|Legs and Laundry (2012), Embroidery on Linen Canvas, Michelle Woods|
I thought i would share an image of an embroidery i have been working on for quite some time. To be honest this one has taken forever!
The image is taken from one of my line drawings which is part of a series focusing on domestic objects and body parts. I always work with fineline pens (0.05 nib) and build up line and pattern to give depth to the drawing. I then add splashes of colour here and there to help focus the eye.
For this embroidery i wanted the finished piece to still have a drawing-esque (don't think thats actually a word!) quality so i used a fine embroidery thread on A1 sized linen canvas.
It's been with me for so long that i'm actually a little sad that its complete but hey roll on the next one!