Today I am going to start telling you about this rug design experiment and why I am doing what I’m doing!!!! 🙂
As you know, I enjoy taking inspiration from the past and I know that when I am dealing with images in the public domain , long out of copyright or permission-free images from books for artists and craftspeople I am not infringing upon anyone’s contemporary designs!!!
In my previous rug, “Grumpy Lions”, I started with a fraktur image that I discarded in favour of my own lion drawing, added my own designs, those I saw on antique textiles and anything that just popped into my mind as I was hooking the rug! lol
I have fun combining my own drawings with those from many different sources…for instance in the photo below, there is a fraktur drawing from the 1800’s, a leaf drawing from a free crewel work pattern book, a medieval “fish and fire” design and a man design from a 19th century Russian stove tile! If I were creating a rug from those different units, I would have to decide if I could use my own additional designs and colours to pull everything together in a way that pleases me.
For the rug I am creating now, we are going back into the past…and I am experimenting to see if I can put some elements together from different but similar sources to create a rug “in the style of” the art I am working with. But my creation won’t be the “actual” art type but I want it to give the feeling that it IS!!! lol
I have chosen colours that I want to work with and, as I said yesterday, I wanted the motifs to stand out against the dark background and “glow”. 🙂
This may not make sense to you (!!!)…but think of it a little like I told you I was trying to paint “in the manner of” Monet but I wasn’t REALLY using his technique! But I wanted to see if the final result made you THINK of Monet when you saw it…!!!! lol