My creative process is like a path leading to……I don’t know where. It generally starts with a vague recollection of something I have seen and admired and wished I had hooked. This time it was a head shot of an exotic person…I remember a few that have taken my breath away, and I wanted to try something similar. My search for inspiration began.
Who could be more inspiring than Malala Yousafzai.
I loved the colour of the sari, and those eyes are so arresting. With Ray’s help, I “gridded” the picture so that I could draw it 3 times larger for hooking 20″ x 28″.
But then for some reason, the idea of mystery and perhaps feminine subjucation became important, so I searched further, and came up with this .
What a wonderful background as well. Once again Ray drew a grid for me so that I could draw it to the size 18″ x 24″
I put the photo in “Be Funky” editing program and using the ‘underpainting’ option, and now have this photo to use as a reference as I hook.
I can’t wait to get started….lots of dyeing in my immediate future….that rich vibrant red…..how to achieve that striking aura, and the delicious background.
Then the idea of a series ” women from around the world” came to me when I stumbled on this photo and immediately fell in love with it. A totally different style and idea, but it really speaks to me as well, and I plan to hook it in some adapted form.
I’ve been browsing photos of Chinese wedding headdresses and the costumes of women in Brittany….the options are endless. Now if I could just hook 24 hours a day….I’d be set!
The reality is that I still haven’t quite finished the background of the grafitti.
….and although I’ve steamed the padded binding of Signa Meus Vita, I still have to sew on the tabs (they are just pinned on in the photo.
As the cold weather arrives, I always experience a “nesting” instinct, where I love the cosy refuge of home. The trees have passed their prime (although there’s still lots of colour to be seen) and we have had frost (although not yet a killing frost) so I am preparing to “snuggle in” and enjoy the delights of the upcoming winter.