Winter is Coming
My textile dolls have most certainly been inspired by the changing colours, textures and ambiences of the seasons. As the seasons metamorphosized around me, so did my creative influences. Therefore, Winter was no exception, providing a new set of creative challenges.
Change of Colour Palette
I loved working with the rich and warm colour palette for my Autumn dolls. However, I have equally relished using the colder, starker shades of Winter. Dark and ominous deep blues, purples and blacks appear lavish on the surface, yet seem to hold a dark secret.
The Crow’s Secret
Inspiration came from some these initial sketches of crow feathers and a character development drawing. To help to get me started, I pinned a range of winter woodland images along with a selection of corvid pictures.
Rekindling My Love of Textile Techniques
The creation of my autumn dolls opened up new ways of working. Consequently, I realised there were still many more techniques I could explore. Mostly to push the boundaries of what I was creating further. So I began by experimenting with simple prints of feathers.
This was an opportunity to revisit one favourite textile techniques – press printing. Using recycled pizza polystyrene, a roller and acrylic paint. Starting with paper and collage, I practised achieving different print effects.
In addition to this, I explored a variety of different ways to roll ink across the dry fabric were. Since the aims here were to create a range of unique textures for a base fabric through the mark-making process. As a result, my printed feathers could then be individually printed and layered on top.
In conclusion, it is amazing how a basic motif, such as a feather can generate so many outcomes and further ideas to explore.
The Crow’s Secret Collection