Textiles, Tulips On Tables, Small Steps

“…creativity is much less of a “great leap forward” and more a series of small steps…”

If you’ve followed me for a while you know that I have had a long-time dream and goal of putting my abstract photography images on textiles. I haven’t reached it yet, but I’m still working towards that goal – step by step. Here’s an insider look at some of the steps I’ve been taking lately.

When I moved to Seattle 4 years ago I discovered the Skagit Valley tulip farms and couldn’t wait to check it out! I wasn’t disappointed by the fields of blooms, color, and linear patterns that made abstract photography a must. This is a photo I took during one of my farm visits.

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Fun colors and stripes! As a matter of fact, my dear friend Debi Lilly has nicknamed these the “stripeys” and we’ve been collaborating about opportunities to work together on textiles. In order to print images on textiles you need a repeat, which isn’t always easy with “undefined” shapes. So to work I went cutting and stitching images together to create repeat styles so these images can be printed on continuous fabric.

The end result looks something like this for the image above:

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And a mockup of this textile as a table runner on one of Debi’s A Perfect Event and DL Loft table designs, tulip arrangements sitting on “tulip field” perfection.

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What do you think? Party ready? Inspired for Spring? Let me know what you think in the comments below or send me an email. I’d love to hear from you. How do YOU want to see my COLORS textiles in your home?
Special thanks to Debi Lilly for the photo above, her continued support of my passion and her friendship!
Color On,
{Keep working towards your dream…step by step}
Melissa
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Pink Pedaler

Now that I’m back in the US, there are so many things I miss about Amsterdam, including pink pedaler! Where did the BIKES go?  I miss a town where there are more bikes on the roads than cars!

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Amsterdammers bike in high color chic!

Still in love…

#loveletterstoamsterdam

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Dinghy in Pink

It’s the first Monday of “Spring Forward” pain. I thought you could use a little “color therapy” to cut through the fog.

I’ve been long overdue for a waterfront adventure so last weekend I was up early and heading to the Seattle Waterfront to jump on the Victoria Clipper. A little over two hours later, I was in Canada and exploring the beauty in Victoria, British Columbia.

The weather wasn’t the best, with snow flurries and rain leaving me wet and cold from head to toe, but it didn’t stop me from getting out with my camera (and my appetite, but that’s a whole other story!).

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Coloring Spring

Good morning!

I’ve missed you all!!! I’ve been too busy to write and too busy to take pictures lately.

But, I have a few treats today…

Spring is arriving.

Tulips are appearing.

My favorite flower. I love their shapes, colors and curves.

I’ve decided to treat myself each weekend, in a different color. This week’s beauties came from Pike Place Market. I walked all the flower stalls and waited for inspiration to come.

Would it be from color?

Would a special shape inspire me?

Would I jump in because of an interesting display?

Shape! And, COLOR!!

This one tulip…

This one petal got me…


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The delicate curves, the unique petal edge “design” and the perfect mix of color was exactly what I wanted.

All “dressed” at home and posing with the natural window sill backlighting, glamour beyond my hope!


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Spring!!!

Color On,

Melissa

Doodle Lesson – Questions

In the journey of life there are lots of questions that arise.

Big ones…

Little ones…

All important in the path we are creating.

When we find the answers to those big questions, the perfect fit that fills the space and feels just right, the questions become works of art.

Question As Art in oil pastels and colored pencil

A treasured lesson.  A reminder of our courage and perseverance.  A trophy of accomplishment.

Something worthy of hanging on our “wall”.