I finally finished the artwork for Mum. It’s easily the most cheerful and bright artwork I’ve done so far; I hope it brings happy vibes and reminds Mum of her good old sailing days. It was also a nice breezy break after the previous epic undertaking that took me two years to complete.
It took me two years to complete my previous artwork, and though I was very proud of the result the amount of detail and effort I put into it was pretty draining. So after a year’s break from all things fabric I’m finally starting a new one. This one was requested by my Mum, who asked for a nautical theme with a sail boat. A straightforward image of a sail boat would be a bit boring, not to mention hard to simplify, so I found this blocky cubist-style image as an inspiration that could be fun to execute with fabric:
Eight figures completed, 4.5 to go… unfortunately all four are rather complicated so that’s 4-5 more months, at least. That’s the longest I’ve spent on any of my fabric projects, I’m so taking a long break after this one. I had to start a new sheet as well since the cardboard pieces aren’t large enough. I can’t believe I actually didn’t measure them when I started my very first figure – the yellow one on the left just fits. Phew!
Four out of thirteen figures are now done. Pretty happy with the results so far. I’ve used a mix of matte and shiny fabrics like satin and silk, and you can get different shades out of the same fabric depending on the angle. Very annoyed though that Lincraft now will not sell cuts of fabric less than 1 metre… damn you Lincraft!
Proving that spending hours on a detailed, time-consuming project is a family trait, here’s the amazing costume my brother made for the PAX gaming convention in Melbourne. And when I say “made”, I really mean it: he started out with a giant piece of leather (which he thinned down and dyed), a chain sheet and a pile of accessories, so other than boots, pants and gloves, he made everything himself, from the main breastplate down to the belts. The tunic was courtesy of Mum’s sewing skills.