This year, I wanted to step up my designing and sewing skills and present at least 4 pieces to the fashion show associated with Somerville Open Studios. I used the opportunity to get over my lack of confidence as a sewist. I’m primarily a surface pattern designer, but couture and costuming has always fascinated me. Collaborating with fellow artist and Open Studios partner, Linda Jung of Studio Chartreux, we created six outfits. Once again, the experience, the other designers and models, and all of the technical folks involved, were great.
Special thanks to models Honey Pie and Goddamn Glenn, Kristina Kehrer, Linda Viens, Mary Greenfield, Sean O’Brien and Linda Jung. I even strutted down the runway, wearing one of my new maximal skater skirts. A joyous and empowering experience in itself.
Photos by Ron Newman for Somerville Open Studios.
See the Collection and purchase the designs on a variety of substrates at Spoonflower.
What a whirlwind. Thanks to everyone who came by to check out my latest work and the gorgeous art from Linda Jung and Lisa Phillips Markham. I set a huge challenge for myself creating the outfits for the fashion show and items for SOS. I no longer dread the sewing machine. ?? Feeling good but exhausted.
My vessel panels have been printed and the process of beading and embroidery begins. With the changing of the season, it seams a perfect time to participate in a bit of meditative task. Also, I am hoping to get these into a show at the Nave gallery later this year.
Vessels protect and obscure their contents until altered by an outside force, hiding mysteries within embellished exteriors. It is human nature to be curious about the unknown and protective of possessions. A veil also obscures while it adorns. These layers of inside and outside space, known and unknown have structured our human relationships and concepts of wealth and power since the beginning of time. Overt objects of desire, these bottles may contain an exotic scent or a deadly poison. They demand you look at them and the medium allows a glimpse through them, yet their contents remains a mystery.
triptych – perfume. (artist digital proofs)
Eleanor Ramsay three fabric panels.
inkjet inks on 24” X 56” poly-silk knit embellished with hand embroidery and glass beading.
Geode Treasures – a new seamless design created for my Spoonflower pattern collection -just won their Weekly Design Challenge (Feb 26-March 7, 2014). Every week, Spoonflower presents a design theme and hundreds of fabric designers submit original work for consideration then vote for their favorites. This week, the challenge was Geodes and Gemstones. It’s a theme that resonates with me and my art making so I am pleased my design peers liked it, too.
This design has a varied scatter repeat, which makes it great for larger projects.
Geode Treasures is part of a collection of new fabrics and prints based on sketches of rock formations and imaginary orbits and maps I’ve been working on and translating to seamless repeats.
I have been spending much of the past year working on fabric design. Lately, I have been focusing on the fractal geometry and digital collages that drew me to the Spoonflower website last year. I had a few earlier works printed on delicate cotton voile fabric. I’d been working on these large prints for a few years, but at a bit at a loss on how to finish them, make them something more than light on a screen or flat digital prints. Fabric flows and moves and allows light to pass through it. It is dynamic and alive where paper is static. Since the early tests, I dived in pretty hard, researching ornament and pattern and retuning to a process that has rekindled my creativity. Spoonflower hosts a theme contest each week and I have approached them as a learning opportunity. While not all of my contest designs have been successful, they’ve all challenged me in different ways, getting me to draw again and explore the commercial side of fabric design.
This is my first try at a cut and sew pattern. Since my sewing skills are minimal, it needs to be something I could actually make. Spoonflower, where I have been selling and sharing fabric designs, has a weekly theme contest and many designers participate. This week the challenge is to create a cut and sew pencil case. I thought a variation of a drawstring backpack sized for pens, pencils and a small notebook and phone would be a fun thing to have.