What a day.
I am so so lucky to have connected with Caroline and Monika. I was tag surfing one day and found Monika through her blog on Highland feltmakers group. Through that I got in contact with Caroline. She creates such wonderful illustrations and embroidery I just couldn’t resist turning one into felt. They lend themselves perfectly to the upside down technique.
So I contacted her to get permission and even better, we arranged a play day for her to learn the technique for herself.
So back to today:-
I had enlarged and printed two of her illustrations and so we chose one each and got stuck in.
Caroline chose to stay true to her original design and used a monochrome colour scheme. She added a little silk and used the fibres like paint to build a brilliant piece which captured the movement and naivety of her original painting perfectly. IT IS AMAZING. I love it and hope she does too.
You can view the origanal illustration here and my felt Isn’t it fun?
I layered colours and used thin strings of silk which don’t come out to well on the photo, but mimic the lovely brush strokes by Caroline.
I wanted to stay with a complimentary colour scheme and chose blue through purple. because I find the picture fun yet a little melancholy. I didn’t ask what it represented for Caroline as I wanted to capture how it made me feel.
I see a new dog replacing an old dog who has gone to doggy heaven and it beeing OK. I wonder what that says about me?
The illustration is so honest and linear. I didn’t want to change any of that.
I used silk to imitate the brush strokes in the background and a variegated batt cut on the cross to fill in the grounded dog. It was great fun.
The day passed very quickly, Caroline has a fantastic outlook on life and it was over to soon.