I tend to let the nasturtiums go wild & free in our garden! They love to climb up the brush fence, drape over concrete steps and...
...meander through our lavender bushes! They make me happy & so inspired this week's art project!
Also inspired by the recent exhibition by 'Four x Four', I decided to use collage to explore ideas for a design concept. So I ripped out anything green or orange from a couple of magazines, found the glue stick & started playing!
I created 6 little collage explorations.
This is the one I chose to translate into fabric & stitch.
A rummage through the fabric stash provided me with options.
First things first...preparing the background. In this case I wanted to reference both the brush fence & the lavender, so I chose to combine the two!
I used strip piecing to create the mid-ground & was very diligent about ironing every new addition once stitched. I regretted not having a fitbit to count how many steps I clocked up going back & forth!!
Completed & stitched to the background, my concern over an abundance of limey greens is eased by how good they look with the purple!!
Time to contemporary-reversify this piece. First the background & then stitching on the nasturtiums, before...
...cutting back, and then...
...cutting back again.
This is the finished piece. There's no embroidery or beading on this one for two reasons; 1) There is more than enough going on in this 15cm square, & 2) I ran out of time!!