A few years back I was very involved in swaps and challenges on Flickr. Unfortunately many of those groups do not exsist anymore, and I was seeking some type of challenge to inspire me and make me work outside my comfort zone. I found the Art Elements group, which has a different theme every month for a challenge. What is great for me about this is that they welcome any medium! You all know how I toggle back and forth between mediums, sometimes daily.
This month the challenge was seed pods. I would have never picked this element to work with in my work, but there was my challenge. My creative brain went in so many different directions with this theme, but when I started making simple sketches of the local seed pods I had collected, I knew I wanted a simple design. This decision led me to my block printing supplies.
I picked out a couple of my favorite sketches and started making some hand carved stamps and prints.
I started making black prints and really liked the simplicity of them. I did a couple variations, and added some turquoise. I have a hard time staying away from blue!
Then I took these fabric prints and decided to turn a couple into quilted wall hangings.
Ultimately my final piece was this print. I am really pleased with how this turned out. I used my hand dyed fabrics for the binding and backing. I am sure I will be making more fabric from these block stamps!
This was just the inspiration and the challenge I needed to think outside the box with medium, color, style and theme.
Go to www.artelements.net and check out all of the other artists seed pod challenge results!
I am looking forward to next months challenge!
Art Elements Team: