Here in Northern California the Sun has been shining and Spring is definitely blooming. I apologize to all of you that are still up to your armpits in Snow, but hopefully my pattern will lift your spirits and remind you that Spring is on it’s way.
For this challenge we were asked to “Find a window in your house, look out it, take a picture, and design one print around what you see. Interpret your surroundings as you see fit. What surrounds your daily life?”
I must say I spent a bit of time looking out of every single window in my house, many photo’s were taken and I think I have the starters for some great patterns… even if the neighbors think i’m up to something funny. One view in particular that struck me was of our apple tree that was in full bloom. The sun was shining, the bee’s were buzzing… you get the idea : )
I really wanted to make something that said SPRING! So I was taking many pictures of these cute little blossoms. Than it hit me, as I would change focus I would sometimes get the fly screen brought into focus in my photos… which made the picture look all pixelated.
Flowers and pixels! That’s what I wanted to do, as I really wanted to incorporate some sort of graphic element. I didn’t want to use square pixel shapes though, so I started with dots. I love dots on fabric!
Starting with circles I cut and punched some circles in paper and this started me thinking about halftone prints. Halftone prints use a printing technique that produces images through the use of dots, varying in size, shape and spacing. Usually used in paper printed products like magazines. If you look at the page of a magazine with a strong magnifying glass you can see these dots. Read more about it here.
These hand cut dots were scanned in giving the dots an irregular more hand feel and blown up large for a graphic effect. Yes, I positioned each dot in those flowers! Yes, I need new glasses now : )
In making quilts I find that so much is seen when they are viewed both up close and far away, so I love having a pattern that looks like dots close up and that the flowers reveal themselves at a distance. With my color selection I knew that I wanted to keep to bright Spring colors. I also liked the idea of staying with a Cyan, Magenta and Yellow (without the Black) that you find in halftone prints and I love the way these colors overlap and produce new colors.
Again I couldn’t resist seeing what would happen when my pattern is are cut-up into hexys and rearranged with the solids. Can you imagine how cute it would be in a bias binding?!
Are you ready for Spring? Get your brights out, Spring is here!