One final post about the ‘Textile Structures’ module – though actually it’s the first exercise – working from a visual source and analysing colour, texture and proportion. Choosing an image and first painting blocks of colour, then wrapping card with yarn, is intended to make you look closely at the colours and their qualities and proportions. I lost some of the lightness of the image in my painting and in the yarn wrapping but regained it, I think, in the fabric wrapping, which is much more visually textured.

analysing colour texture and proportion

I liked the result of wrapping with fabric a lot so I made another, this time just working with the colours in the fabrics. When it was done I realised that the sketch book page on which I’d used up my left-over paint would make just the right background for it!

colour wrapping

Wrapping is often used solely as a design exercise but an artist here on Tiree has made it into her own very distinctive art form. Susan Woodcock creates evocative seascapes and landscapes, full of colour and movement, combining paint and textiles in a way that perfectly captures the island atmosphere. Her husband Colin Woodcock, is also an artist, a painter whose work explores ‘the interplay of land, sea and sky’, and is filled with the beautiful light that is so special to Tiree. Together they run the Blue Beyond Gallery, where Colin also creates his dramatic raku pottery. Every week in summer you can go to watch the pots being fired – a fascinating process – and very hot!

playing with colour

4 thoughts on “playing with colour

  • May 24, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    Absolutely love the blue and green colour exercise in your sketchbook . Just my colours and the fabric wrapping in particular, is fabulous.

  • May 24, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    These fabric wrappings are very exciting and you can learn so much by making these studies.

    I am totally breathless having followed your link to Susan Woodcock. Her work is amazing! It spoke to me so completely that I want to rush up to Tiree to see it in the flesh! She is achieving something that I am striving towards and I love her use of frayed fabric to suggest the wave action. Stunning! thank you so much for sharing the link. (Sorry, I’ll stop gushing now!)

  • May 25, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    Love your blog – great to see what you’re working on.

  • May 26, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    I’m glad to see I’m not the only person who doesn’t do the exercises in order!

    Your wrappings are lovely & thanks for the link to Blue Beyond – amazing work!

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