I have a very special scrap of fabric which I keep in my work room, hanging on the wall in a frame. It dates from about 1973 or 1974, and it is special because it represents a magical Christmas. My parents didn't have a lot of spare money back in the 70s, so for my 14th or 15th Christmas Dad had built, in secret, the most beautiful rocking chair which he painted white. My Mum made a cushion for its seat, and covered it in that fabric. They also gave me a book of Arthur Rackham illustrations, and the album Now We Are Six by Steeleye Span. I was absolutely blown away!
I love the fabric so much that over the years I have made countless drawings of it. It gives me a very special feeling, which a friend once told me is called 'congruence'. About 2 weeks ago I started a new drawing of it in earnest, using Procreate so I could use the layers as colour separations. I am totally fascinated with the way colour can completely change the feeling of a textile, and could literally play around with different colourways for ever!
The top left square here is the closest to the original colours. I had a wonderful time experimenting, I find it therapeutic at times when the dreaded block happens and helps to get me back on track with my work. The most difficult thing to do here was to limit my experiments to just 9 for this post!
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