There are times when I plunge straight into a collage but more often there is a planning stage where the weight and movement of the composition is decided in a pencil drawing. This is the design for Anemones in Olive Grove. An ancient olive tree is playing a central role, its trunk split by time.
Red silk fading to white for the centre of each flower. This is warming my mid-winter
St Piran Anemones are a Cornish variety of a Mediterranean flower. They are grown in the Penberth Valley and I bought these in the Farmers' Market. As we approach midwinter I plan to create an olive grove full of scarlet flowers. Lots of saturated colour and sunshine.
The foaming crest of the wave is formed of many intricately cut, curving shapes, built up in layers of hand-dyed fabrics with differing textures.
This foaming wave is beginning to take form. The weave of the blue-green satins runs in different directions so that the clear water will glint and shift as you walk by.
I am beginning my winter theme 'The Sea'. My table is piled high with blue-green and grey in preparation for the first crashing wave.
I have a particular love for the delicate flowers of camellia 'Rainbow' that flowers in winter. Hand-dyed silks and satins capture the blushing from white to pink on the tip of each petal, with velvet describing the rich crown of stamens.
More information can be found on http://www.amandarichardsonartist.com/content/camellia-rainbow-over-water and a link to the video is here.
Although I always encourage people to commission a completely original textile collage, there are times when the subject is perfect but the dimensions are not. Bluebell Meadow with Orchids is such a piece. This original piece is still available on my website at http://amandarichardsonartist.com/content/bluebell-meadow-orchids
I have adapted the subject of 'Bluebell Meadow with Orchids' to fit a horizontal format. It is a new piece of art with its own composition, and hopefully has the enthusiasm and energy of the first version.
The Cornwall Crafts Association's Christmas exhibition at Penlee House in Penzance is the only chance to see the associations work in the far west of Cornwall. It is a great show and certainly worth a visit.