Saturday, 31 May 2014

5 + 1

This is my favourite colour combination: blue and yellow (very Monet).  I have made two pieces.

The fruit bowl
 The first was more of an experiment and it wasn't a total success. 


 The background is a piece of furnishing fabric which I embroidered to create the look of Michele's table cloth.  I also broke the vertical lines to give the impression the bowl was standing on a flat surface.

The fruit is a a piece of hand dyed tea-bag paper given to me by a friend, Sally-Ann.  I tried to add shadow but have only succeeded in making them look like tennis balls - I've just realised they need the odd stalk!!!



So, not entirely happy with this, I decided to abstract the image more and came up with this.

5 + 1
 Simpler, but I like it. The plate is a Java batik bought many moons ago and the background is a piece of 'Michael James' fabric that was brought out by RJR? also many moons ago.  The tea-bag fruit is backed with a yellow fabric as it is slightly transparent.  I played with various random and rigid ways of placing the fruit but settled on this one.  So, this is my offering: 5 + 1.

Hilary

10 comments:

  1. In your first piece, I really like the way you embellished the striped blue fabric to make wallpaper. I hope you have enough left over to re-visit that idea and perhaps re-work it. The blue-and-white floral fabric you chose for the plate is perfect in the second one, suggesting china and complementing the fruit nicely.

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  2. I do like the contrast in colour with your background, the plate and the fruit, as well as the lines in the background and the swirls on the plate. Really great Hilary.

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  3. Your interpretation of the bowl is so much fun in number one and I find the threadwork suits this whimsical approach. # 2 is just beautiful and shows a real sense of humour in your work. I really enjoyed both of these Hilary.

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  4. My favourite part of the first one is the zig zag bowl. Though the fruit do look a little like tennis balls (beautiful ones though!) I really like the piece. Great use of fabric in the second one.

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  5. Both great and fun. I do agree that a revisit to the first one would be worth it as I do find it more interesting and quirky.

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  6. I'm with number one too, though I love your choice of fabric for number two!
    Please add some stalks (and their shadows) and show us the piece again! This is a very clever interpretaion of a still life.

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  7. Two great pieces! I like the quirky fruit bowl, and the wall paper.

    And the stylized second one. The plate fabric is perfect.

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  8. The stylized bowl is coo and I love the textured stitching on the apricots.

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  9. i love the bowl in the first one but the second one appeals to me more.
    i love the varying colors of the striped background, the design of the plate fits so well and is so real and i love the 5 + 1 fruits - quantity, postioning, color and all
    well done on 2 terrific pieces

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  10. I love the first one. The second one is great, but I love the shading and the bowl shape on the first. Perhaps n the second the stark change in colours between the 'plate' and the background is too much and too much in the centre of the piece.

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