Carol Kinney asked us in the Werecreate group what would we all think about doing a fun "re" challenge for our our upcoming ISSUU LookBook.
The subject would be a sunflower, as long as it's mostly upcycled/repurposed materials. Paints/threads/glue doesn't count. To be ready by Sept 14th.
It has taken me a while to think about what I should create. The artist in me cringes at preset subjects or frameworks. On the other hand I like a challenge so I decided to go about it in my way and create an unconventional sunflower.
Why did I cringe, first of all I don't like working with yellows. Sunflowers don't speak to me. That was when I decided that as an artist I could interpret the sunflower anyway that I wanted to.
This morning I had some ideas and decided on a color palette that I am happy with, and what is available, seeing as lots of my fabrics are still packed.
Who says that sunflowers have to be yellow? They can be gold and orange and rust. I went to my box of precut circles for making yoyos and flower petals.
A selection of country colored threads - these are my colors.
My sunflowers will be autumn shades. When I create, what takes me the longest time is choosing my colors and feeling "right" about them.
I can see them becoming
Playing around with creating petals.
When I am working on a handstitched project I like to store it so that it can be a project on the go. I have many plastic peanut butter bottles (I eat lots of peanut butter) and they are perfect for these projects
One bottle for yoyos, the other for petal pieces. I call these elements for creating a project. These will be part of my travel kit.
They sit in a bowl with the other fabric choices and another bottle with threads, a magnet and a sewing needle. All ready to create.