I’ve been developing this on the computer, thinking about colours and contrasting textures and struggling with the challenges of measurements and shrinkage. The design is flat, before felting. The border will be narrower and the circles will be smaller when it’s done. I’ll paint it using the same technique as the sample, with gutta and silk paint – not sure yet about the salt effect – then felt the border and the circles to create areas of dense texture with gathered folds forming between.
IndigoNightOwl commented on Flickr that the sample in yesterday’s post reminded her of ‘reflective colours on bubbles’. Which enriches it for me, tying in to my image of the foamy waves. I hope the cushion will convey an impression of sea and sand, eddies and ripples, and at the same time relate back to shibori patterns and the pure physical qualities of gathered fabric, an exploration of the manipulation of fabric with fibre.