Tag Archives: texture

Bricks, stones, facades and patina

Facades

facades as inspiration for art by doris lovadina-lee

Patina

marble wall inspiration for design by doris lovadina-lee

venetian calle texture on crumbling wallBricks

brick wall in rome italy

brick wall in rome italy photo taken by doris lovaidina-lee

honeycomb wall in roma, italia

Stones

texture of stone wall for quilting inspiration

urn and stone wall in italy

These photographs were taken on a trip to Italy a few years ago. I don’t often look back at photos, even though I always think I will do just that. Time gives me an opportunity to view the photos, with a fresh perspective.

Peeling stucco wall in Italy as design inspiration by dorislovadinalee

This of selection photographs from Rome, Venice, and Pompeii have a common theme. They are mostly monochromatic so that the texture is evident. Even the facade of the wall in Venice is various shades of a beautiful terracotta that has faded in places to a soft peach.

How often do you go back to your vacation photos and look at what you decided to record? You might be surprised at what your photographs reveal!

 

Atmosphere – Indigo dyed quilt

Earlier last year, I dyed some cotton fabric in indigo. The texture and the colour changed from pale blue to a deep indigo. I really liked the design of this piece and I wanted to keep it intact as much as possible. My inspiration to use this indigo fabric was a modern painting I saw in a decorating magazine. The artwork had three large bands of colour running horizontally with the colours blending together.

I pulled a deep indigo piece of fabric and a pure white cotton pique to use with the ombre. I took many photos while deciding on the proportions of the white pique. Some of the photos were taken in the evening as I was working to create this piece for a deadline.

My first attempts had the darker indigo on top. I tried many positions, folding, pinning and moving the white pique until I was certain of the final size.

During this process, I tried rotating the fabric so that the darkest indigo was on top, bottom and either side. Initially, I thought that having the piece run from dark at the top to light on the bottom worked the best.
You can see that I finally decided to orient the fabric so that the lightest colour is on top, moving down toward the darker.

Atmosphere
2016 ©Doris Lovadina-Lee
49 x 42 inches
hand dyed indigo, commercial fabric, thread
$1,200.00

I am happy with Atmosphere. It reminds me of water. For some, it reminds them of snow falling. What does it remind you of?

Pages from Life’s Journey: works in a series

I was very taken by the works of Toronto artist: Sung Ja Kim Chisholm. Pages from Life’s Journey were on display at the World of Threads Exhibit.

Pages from Life's Journey, Series 1 by Sung Ja Kim Chisholm, Toronto, Canada

Pages from Life’s Journey, Series 1 by Sung Ja Kim Chisholm, Toronto, Canada

These pieces are made with white fabric and plaster.

Pages from Life's Journey, Series 2 by Sung Ja Kim Chisholm, Toronto, Canada

Pages from Life’s Journey, Series 2 by Sung Ja Kim Chisholm, Toronto, Canada

There is a simplicity that I find appealing.

Pages from Life's Journey, Series 3 by Sung Ja Kim Chisholm, Toronto, Canada

Pages from Life’s Journey, Series 3 by Sung Ja Kim Chisholm, Toronto, Canada

The absence of colour makes me want to get close to examine the nuances of each piece.

Detail from Pages from Life's Journey, Series 3 by Sung Ja Kim Chisholm, Toronto, Canada

Detail from Pages from Life’s Journey, Series 3 by Sung Ja Kim Chisholm, Toronto, Canada

There is a similarity between each one, yet each series evokes a very different feeling.

What would the pages from your life look like?

 

 

Look up – Ceilings as Inspiration

We don’t often walk around looking up to see what is above our heads. If we looked up more often we would see some beautiful and inspirational ceilings.

Ceilings as inspiration for:

  • applique
  • shapes
  • blocks
  • block settings
  • quilting designs
  • colour palettes
  • textures
  • layouts
Casa Loma, Toronto, Ontario, cupola made with stained glass

Stained glass cupola in Casa Loma

Cupola design of Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral, Montréal

Cupola in Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral, Montréal

painted medallion in Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral, Montréal

Medallion in Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral, Montréal

ceiling squares in the Cathedral: Mary, Queen of the World, Montréal

Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral, Montréal

detail of wood ceiling in Notre-Dame de Montréal

Wooden ceiling in Notre-Dame de Montréal

stencilled and painted wood detail from Notre-Dame de Montréal church ceiling

Wooden ceiling detail in Notre-Dame de Montréal

Stenciled ceiling designs in Notre-Dame de Montréal church

Wooden ceiling in Notre-Dame de Montréal

Wood ceiling panels hand painted in Notre-Dame de Montréal

Painted wooden ceiling in Notre-Dame de Montréal

Notre-Dame de Montréal painted square wood panels

Painted wooden ceiling in Notre-Dame de Montréal

Notre-Dame cathedral in Montréal's diamond shaped woo ceiling

Wooden ceiling in Notre-Dame de Montréal

underneath walkway with metal supports and planks

Wood ceiling

I love the colour and texture of this ceiling. It is the underside of an outdoor warehouse structure in the Port of Old Montreal.

Montreal Marriott Chateau Champlain domed ceiling in hallway

Ceiling of Montreal Marriott Chateau Champlain

So, look up! You never know when something will spark an idea for your next project.

 

Vacation inspirations

Many of us have hundreds of photographs taken during our vacations. Digital cameras have made it easy to take and store images. How often do you go back and look at them?

cement tiles in turquoise, brown and white on floor in Mexico

Mayan Riviera tile

Looking through holiday pictures can stimulate creativity. Look closely and see what design ideas are hiding in plain sight.

ceiling trusses of the palapa in the Mayan Riviera, Mexico

Patterns on tiles, floors and ceilings can inspire quilt blocks or quilting designs.

turquoise glaze on a ceramic jar in lobby of hotel in the Mayan Riviera

Mayan Riviera jar

The patina and colours found in pottery and nature can inspire unique colour palettes and applique shapes.

veins of a leaf of a tropical plant in mexico

Mayan Riviera leaf

The texture of bark  can inspire a machine or hand quilting pattern.

bark of a tree trunk in Mexico

Mayan Riviera tree trunk

fossils embedded in walls of hotel in the Mayan Riviera

Mayan Riviera fossils

Look back at your vacation photographs, enjoy reminiscing and then take a closer look at all the designs that inspire your creativity!

Texture – tree bark

I have taken more than a few photos of trees. I am attracted to their shape, their colour but most of all their texture.

textures tree bark smooth

Some are smooth.

textures tree bark lichen

Some have interesting colour.

textures tree bark silver

Some have layers of strata.

textures tree bark hole

Some have interesting holes hidden inside.

textures tree bark driftwood

Some have the look of cooled molten lava.

texture barnboard

Some have been weathered into rags.
These beautiful textures offer a lot of design opportunities for the Abstracting from Nature class I will be taking with Jane Sassaman at Quilt Canada 2016 in a couple of weeks.