Patterns in Color & Patterns in Textures

By studying the possibilities within the materials I use, I now and then try to put a new focus or perspective in my art. Bringing in new materials or introducing new colors to your work can be quite useful in getting you started on experimenting.
Experimentation means incorporating what you know onto new situations and to try and learn from the process.
I started with my trusted medium silk. This medium catches the color so beautifully intense that just working with this is an adventure in discovering an insane amount of variations.

Silk works particulary well with all dyeing techniques

Combining old and new techniques together can also lead to surprisingly new and inspiring aspirations.

These are my results of applying the Shibori technique on cotton, using synthetic dye in combination with my own familiar hemp.

It’s always a challenge to try something new and try to make it your own. My attempts to practice the Shibori process on customary materials such as hemp or jute and using familiar colors produced surprising results. These pieces were made by placing several layers on top of each other.

When you are studying you are often working on new things but it also pays off to revisit past Artworks after having learned a thing or two.

Sometimes I just rework existing Artworks with the materials I presently use and sometimes I deepen the connection to works I’ve made by creating branching Artworks that preserve the same basic idea behind it.

An Experiment in Textile

With the new year upon us I thought it was time for a new post. Preparations for working on a new installation often take up a large portion of my time usually requiring research, color studies and material testing. 
All ideas start somewhere and many of my concepts are formed during research. That means making stops to the library for hard to find books, visiting exhibitions or going on a  trip out in the wild. Remember, inspiration takes many shapes.
When I tackle a project I always aim to bring something new to the table while trying to stay true to the core elements of my designs. Art needs to evolve, especially when one of the central themes of my work revolves around Organic Growth. Whilst it can feel safe and comforting to remain within a certain kind of Crafting, I feel an Artist is never done exploring. Stepping out of that zone might be scary but the pay-off is bound to be worth it.