09/12/2011

creatures

I'm captivated by the symbol of strength in the lion, what a creature. This applique panel forms part of a larger wall hanging I'm working on. I've been inspired by Inuit textiles to use different embroidery stitches to give texture to the piece.


This book is called 'Northern Lights: Inuit Textile Art from the Canadian Arctic', by Katharine W. Fernstrom and Anita E. Jones. Its a lovely, inspiring book that looks at the Inuit textile tradition, profiles several of the artists and also provides diagrams of many of the embroidery stitches used. I love the use of applique and embroidery together. 

I also recently learned how to needle felt as an embellishment, so really look forward to incorporating that into something.

Here are a couple of prints I made on my print course. Now that I look at the picture above and the print below I see a parallel there too! Which is funny because the print is adapted from a drawing I did before I saw this book.



This was intended to be this years Christmas card, but I've made a different one in colour that's better I think. I'll show you next week, they're in the drying rack at the print studio!

2 comments:

Zoe said...

I LOVE that you can trace themes through the sources and images that inspire you. That lion is quite incredible, looks like it must have taken years!

Zo xxxx

theperfectnose said...

That lion is beautiful! It reminds of this book of folktales my dad got for me when I was a kid...
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