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Grand Challenge 2: Finding a Palette

First choices mostly new purchases

Now that I love the color of Erica’s jacket, I need to plan the fabric and do-dahs for embellishing it.

No problem. I bought some nice pieces in Athens and I own batik in many colorways. The piece at about 1:00 in this pic has great colors and Erica loved it. But it is shiny, silky. This is an unstructured linen jacket and the shiny, silky stuff I bought just don’t fit the rustic texture of the linen. The leftover turquoise gauze is nice, and she has fallen in love with turquoise. Ribbon and buttons are okay, but. . . None of the solid color batiks excite me, but the block printed batik is awesome. Turquoise yarn could be couched in some kind of pattern. Just need to play.

Best option so far--not good.

Best option so far–not good.

Cut—Fold—Pin. Try it forty ways. Looking for vertical effect and asymmetry. Just looks dumb. Too matchy-matchy.

some knit and crochet

some knit and crochet

I need to temper my wild side with Erica’s more traditional taste. (Think English country garden and dainty calico prints.) If it is too out there, she won’t feel comfortable wearing it.

BUT—it must be colorful. She looks so good with clear, intense color near her face.

Just the kind of problem I like. But this is not the right palette. Something is missing.

Off to the attic and closets.

Everything in the house that is possible--and some that isn't.

Everything in the house that is possible–and some that isn’t.

Threads, yarns, beads, buttons, ribbons and fabrics. Most of this pile has been pinned on or arranged in some way. Arr-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-gh. My design process is always so slow.

Nothing works. Time to walk away and work on another project for a while. Decided to work on the batik skirt I am adding to a knit vest.

lightning bolt

 

     SHAZAM!   Green!

 

 The skirt batik and a bit of turquoise cotton. I kinda like.
The skirt batik and a bit of turquoise cotton. I kinda like.
A different strip of the batik—love the mottled black stripe—and a touch of the first batik. Almost there.
A different strip of the batik—love the mottled black stripe—and a touch of the first batik. Almost there.
Add the block print batik from the first try and I am in love. This is the palette.
Add the block print batik from the first try and I am in love. This is the palette.

Now to decide on reshaping the jacket. I think I can make it hang better, and I know I don’t like the neckline. Also need to consider what she can wear with it.

More later–

 

 

 

 

 

 

One Response

  1. Thank you Jane for sending your thoughts/processes. It helps me to think more broadly.

    Mary Pat Rourke

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