Hey Everyone! I’m so thankful to be presenting my third design here today! So here it is:
This challenge was particularly difficult because I spend a lot of time trying not to look out my windows. It’s not that it’s a bad view, but I live on the first floor of a classic seventies style apartment building. My main windows face out onto the side yard and walkway and are set at the perfect location for everyone walking by to see my entire apartment. I’ve spent a lot of time finding ways to let light in and keep eyeballs out. So I had to part the curtains for a rare moment…
I appreciate how the garden appears to be trying to take over. All these crazy plants growing on around the straight lines of fences, houses and window bars. I even like the diagonals of the metal mesh- even though needing bars on ones window is always a bit of a bummer. I decided to focus on the nasturtiums not only because they are all over the garden outside my building, but because they are EVERWHERE in the bay area. Chain link fences are woven with them. Cracks in sidewalk house them. Even abandoned lots full of trash magically sprout masses nasturtiums here. After ten years this is still a novelty to me.
I wanted to make fabric that reflected the idea of wild nature versus man-made rigidity. I drew the flowers and nasturtium leaves by hand with Tria markers to try to keep them loose against the vector black on white diagonals. I love the vivid reds, oranges, pinks and yellows of nasturtiums and used bolds hues of each.
Thanks so much for checking out my design! It was a challenge but I’m so excited to try more hand drawn, multi medium prints!