Want endless inspiration using words creatively and artistically, which may just lead to a plethora of unique ideas for original work?
Then maybe mind maps are for you!
They certainly didn’t rock my boat until I accidentally came across a website for mind map art.
I see huge potential for those wanting to design their own work by using mind map art. It is very loose and freeing!
This week I’ll show you my progress, add some images of how I’ve previously used leaves in my work and talk a little about how I would go about translating this design into stitch.
Just for fun, click here for my Pinterest board entitled ‘Leaves’ which shows the depth of visual inspiration available. Pinterest is a great resource.
There are a set of techniques I feel very comfortable using. They are:
- free machine embroidery, quilting
- hand embroidery
As I design, I’m always asking myself, ‘how would I translate this into stitch?’
What I am really trying to say is, know your strengths and design to them.
By using technique/s you’re confident with and combining them with great design in a mind-map format, may just result in a unique and original design full of meaning for you.
Remember, it has to resonate with you, otherwise why do it? It may be quirky and fun, or hold a message dear to you. It may be about a book – I love anything by Jane Austen!
So, how would I go about translating my mind map design into stitch? I could:
- work the entire design in free machine embroidery, which is my signature technique.
- use appliqué, free machine embroidery and bobbin work using a hand-wound thicker thread in the bobbin for added texture.
- Paint the background using fabric paints, then free machine finer parts of the design. Click here to see work by English embroiderer, Louise Gardiner.
- Use beads and hand embroidery to add even more texture.
- Free machine large shapes in a hoop on a specialty, razzle-dazzle fabric, then appliqué them to the background. This was how I worked the all white piece below which was worked on two layers of silk organza, then appliqués onto a background of silk organza.
Keep asking yourself ‘how could I work this’, then apply that store of knowledge you know you have.
What are your strengths?
If I followed all of the above, yes it would be a mountain of work, but I love to climb mountains – in my work that is!
Here’s my process:
- start with an topic
- relax and open your mind to everything and anything related to that
- just write and let if flow out from your topic
- leave it a day or so. I bet you’ll think of something more
- start designing your way. I do lots of rubbing out!
- think of your technical strengths and keep these in mind as your work
- only when you’re happy, add colour
- if you’re unsure of how to work an area – sample. Sampling is a must and encourages new ways of thinking and doing. I love it.
I thought I’d share some of the tools I used to work on my mind map art. It was so good to work differently for a while.
Quote of the week:
‘Work big, you’ll see your mistakes faster’. Constance Howard (English Embroiderer)
Who inspires me?