After further work on my theme of entrance I am at the stage where I keep coming back to the image of my grandparents’ front door and the concept of layers of family memories, rites of passage, and coming of age.
watercolour on cartridge paper
collage – wallpaper, brown paper, tea bags, machine stitching
I have made some drawings to illustrate the theme image but I am still developing my ideas on how to best translate this in to a full-sized piece. Initially I envisaged a door curtain, or series of layers in a doorway but I am wavering whether to proceed with the design on the full doorway scale or perhaps cut it down to a more manageable window size. This might make hanging a bit easier too.
I have also done some preliminary plan drawings to show how the layers might work but I need to get hold of some tracing paper or bleached greaseproof paper to develop the concept further and produce a full size cartoon. I have also done a bit of sampling with some voile fabric to see how simple tucks, folds and layers might look with some light behind.
polyester voile folded and machine stitched
I think I need to do some more drawings, perhaps using more colour, although the neutral palette I seem to have kept to still appeals to me. Something to do with the nostalgia of sepia photography, old linens and dusty memories.