Mexico in February was full of life and colour, with birds and bugs and animals filling flowering trees with life. This was reflected in the craft market in San Cristobal in Chiapas, southern Mexico. Almost all the stalls sold textiles created and sold by the local women. Here is a short video to show you around.
Having completed the Russet-crowned Motmot I have added a Mexican Bluewing to keep it amused.
In my imagination I was returning from Mexico to Spring in Cornwall. This has been postponed, it is very chilly out there. Remembering the glorious colour and warmth of Mexico is the way to go. I am beginning a collage of birds, butterflies and orchids above Sumidero Canyon. This is the initial dye-work for Russet-crowned Motmots.
Just as the temperature drops further I have finished my latest collage 'Carn Galver with Heather and Gorse' a celebration of high summer in the far west of Cornwall. For more details http://amandarichardsonartist.com/content/carn-galver-heather-and-gorse
After a long pause I am back in the studio, and fine tuning the Carn Galver collage.
The initial blocking in of this collage of Carn Galver is almost complete, now for the fine detail.
The collages I am planning all focus on granite. My line has been full of dyed silk on its journey towards rock.
Returning to the coast of Cornwall as a subject for my textile collages, I have decided to work from a series of paintings I made out in the landscape. I love working outside but of course this does not work for collage, however it is perfect for these acrylic ink paintings on paper. This is Carn Galver, a high point in the far west of Cornwall; a magnificent pile of granite covered in heather and gorse that flower in high summer.
Beginning the new working year, I am returning to the yellow meconopsis, placing them in their Himalayan landscape.
Meconopsis integrifolia are the subject of my new Himalayan collage. Luscious, luminous flowers that seem to hold sunlight.