Friday, June 19, 2015

New EGA Challenge: Layers

A few months ago I signed up for this year's EGA Challenge with a Twist.  This year's challenge is "Layering as a Design Tool" and is led by Judy Jeroy.  Until now, I've mostly been thinking. About layers:  sheers, applique, layers of meaning, dimensional design...

After discussing it with a friend (thanks, Joyce), I decided to start where I did last year, with my photographs, hoping that would spark an idea. I ended up with two that I liked.
 I could quickly envision the design--with a raw-edge applique background of dark green print fabrics and the lily applied on top. I could do the lily padded or dimensional or applique...maybe stitched fabric petals. Silk shading. But it just seemed to me like it came too easily--where was the challenge?
This was my second picture. A wheel from a huge steam tractor from the turn of last century. So I began to play with that image in Photoshop, simplifying it a bit.
And I came up with this and I was pretty excited.  I like the design a lot and had no idea how I would stitch it.  I decided that I was comfortable with the size of last year's challenge (about 8" x 11"), so I began working on a design outline in that size.  I wrote to Judy Jeroy and she had some great suggestions.
I was thinking to start with solid fabrics from dark to light grey and then stitch on them for each layer. I gathered a bunch of FlowerThread that I'd collected over the years--it's dull finish would be great for the dull metal. 

And then I got stuck.  For a couple of months. 

Finally, I decided first I needed to get a handle on the design elements.  I used this version, with clearer outlines, to begin to draw the shape of each of the layers and cut out a pattern for each layer.
I think I'm on my way.

1 comment:

averyclaire.org said...

What a fun thing to do...you always seem to have time to do such interesting things. This will be a challenge for sure. Can't wait to see the ongoing project and it's results!