Designing can be easy
There’s something special about seeing colourful, wind-filled sails elegantly gliding through water. Especially on a beautiful sunshine filled Sydney Sunday afternoon.
The images below led to a series about where I live. It’s an idea I’ve had for a while, but haven’t had the time – till now!
Starting with a curved horizon line, it was simple to draw representational shapes for the multitude of houses and trees I can see from here, including a few tall, grey shapes for the city.
It’s a very simplistic way to design, but it works for me.
The design was traced onto a thin, iron-on vilene then ironed onto white acrylic felt.
It does distort, however, I am happy with a little manipulation.
I begin to realise working small is not easy. The finished size is 16x14cm so some of these shapes are tiny.
There are eight works in this series. Next time I will design smarter! This was difficult to work.
Using different stitch direction for the blue ‘patches’ of water adds visual interest and replicates the moving water.
For completion, thin black lines were stitched around trees and houses to make them stand out, then hugged that with a paler blue line of stitching.
Palm trees add a tropical, laid back feel to ‘Race Day’.