Monday, December 2, 2013

Also- another pattern I created about a year ago. I decided to revisit it and format it for presentational purposes.

So I've been getting back into embroidery lately and challenging myself to learn different stitches to add more variety in my fabric work. It's definitely frustrating but I happy with my results so far and am excited to learn more.

I began this piece not really expecting anything and I have to say I am quite pleased with the end result- though it does need some work but with anything my embroidery will only improve with time and practice.

Here are some photos documenting my progress. 

This piece is titled "Eye of Providence" and it took me approximately 6 days to finish. 

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Mineral Pattern Complete!!!

GOOD NEWS: Just finished my mineral pattern! This pattern was a lot of fun to draw...though I had difficulty getting the repeat pattern to line up perfectly in photoshop which was definitely a struggle. I'm still playing around with the layout and how I want to present the pattern swatch, the color palette, and the actual pattern...but until then here is what I came up with.

I guess working at a coffee shop is starting to wear off on me as I decided to format the patterns into mug designs. I'm quite happy with how this turned out. Like I said, quite pleased.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

"Letters to Friends"

So in conjunction with working on my pattern and surface design work I have begun another project of sorts for myself. After receiving letters this summer I decided to make postcards and send them to friends in the mail! I've always loved receiving handwritten letters in the mail- it really makes my day!

I love to collage and am a collector of all sorts of things- some of which include vintage postcards, endless amounts of fashion and National Geographic and travel magazines, embroidery thread, glitter modge podge, stationary goes on and on but these are a few of my favorites to work with. Here are 2 of the 15 postcards I have made (the goal is to make 30 postcards and send them out!)

(.......and yes....they are instagram shame!)

Thursday, September 19, 2013

New Pattern

After a busy summer following graduation from KCAI (woohoo!) things are somewhat starting to slow down. After meeting with a surface designer this past summer and being advised to develop a collection I have decided to start. The theme is Geology- specifically minerals and fossils. The collection will consist of five different patterns, two of which will be more illustrative and detailed patterns (considered the main patterns in the collection) with three simpler patterns to go along with it. Not only will the theme of minerals and fossils tie the patterns together, but I have also decided on a definite color palette as seen above. 

Here is a progress shot of where I am at. Though this particular pattern is still in the works, my next pattern will be similarly executed in design, though the subject will be fossils. 

Monday, March 11, 2013

Recent Embroidery Work

So for my thesis this semester I am focusing on my embroidery work. It is definitely taking a lot more time than patterns- but I am really pleased with how it is coming along.

The image is based on an actual photograph of a woman from the late 50's early 60's era. This is unfinished...and I plan to add a lot more to it. I will finish satin stitching the flowers, add more color other than black to the hair, incorporate french knots inside the frame, and finish the frame as well. A lot of work to still go on it...

Detail  of the portrait. 

Detail of flowers BEFORE adding in embroidery floss. 

Detail of flowers AFTER adding in embroidery floss. 

Detail of the frame. 

Monday, February 4, 2013

New Collage Work

These images are  from Cultural Safari. I love making collages and have chosen to explore my collage work more in this sketchbook class. I'm really looking forward to it. Most of the time when I start a collage,  i don't have a specific image in mind. I just piece together different images and continue working until I think the collage has a reached a  good point. I like to incorporate pattern, old library cards, pen, ink, nail polish, and use imagery from National Geographic and fashion magazines. 

This is an architectural collage from an older building on Main Street near Westport Kansas City, MO.  

Went to the Chinese New Year at the Nelson Atkins. I watched the dragon dance and a yo yo show but wasn't satisfied with any drawings I made. So I drew a sculpture instead!!! This is actually the first collage made in this class that I have not incorporated nail polish in!! 

Decided to draw my 50's glasses from observation. repeated the shape of the drawing and stamped a pattern on top using crackle nail polish. 

The image on red paper was a sketch done at Cabela's. I was really fascinated by the shape and texture of goat horns that I took it a bit further and create this collage.