Working on the next Spoonflower design challenge: animal prints. Not really my cuppa tea, but the idea is to stretch beyond my comfort zone.
Couldn’t see how to make zebra stripes or leopard spots any different from a million other designers, so I tackled feathers. First pass: scanned a bunch of Hermanita feathers and traced them in Illustrator. Okay, but traced feathers do not a design make.
Second pass: remembered a feathery textile sealed in a frame downstairs. We pulled the long, narrow strip out of the frame. A thousand or more tiny, shimmering feathers were carefully sewn to a pale blue backing. I took pictures.
Next: Photoshop, to turn the 2-3/4″ strips into a square and then to blend it all into a pattern that repeats smoothly, without seams (image below).
Now for the big question: do I emphasize the intricacy of detail or do I reduce detail for a simpler, colorful impact? The image at the top of this page shows one of my abstraction experiments. Maybe too abstract…?
Meanwhile, I asked my Ethnic Textiles Community for help identifying the textile’s origin. I remember finding a receipt that said “Chinese,” but who knows. So far, they have only been able to steer me toward the Himalayan monal (impeyan pheasant) as a possible feather source.
I continue to work… wine poured. [Continued on 8 Jan 2019]