ABSTRACT FLOWER DESIGN IN TEXTILE ART

ABSTRACT FLOWER DESIGN IN TEXTILE ART
Christine Cunningham
ABSTRACT FLOWER DESIGN IN TEXTILE ART
                                     ABSTRACT FLOWER DESIGN IN TEXTILE ART

ABSTRACT FLOWER DESIGN is a favourite of mine because it is such a versatile subject in terms of colour, shape, pattern, texture and embellishment, creating a richly contoured surface used in both The Natural and Womanhood Collections.  The freedom to create abstract structures beyond natural form is endless. There are many textile artists who represent nature beautifully in detail. I am not one of them. This article will look at using recycled and unusual materials and the techniques used to create structure and form. I am inspired by my own garden, television , magazines, other artists, fashion and print. I have a collection of visuals in my Pinterest and Patternbank libraries to which I refer. Seasonal change provides an ongoing canvas. Being selective is the tricky part!

ABSTRACT FLOWER DESIGN IN TEXTILE ART – RECYCLED MATERIALS

I only use recycled materials in my work (car boot sales and charities shops offer a treasure trove of clothing and soft furnishings). Pattern and colour will dictate the direction of a design and the techniques used. Indian fabrics are a source of beautiful embellishment which you can enhance. Example: Elephants

ABSTRACT FLOWER DESIGN IN TEXTILE ART - USING INDIAN MOTIF
Indian motif embellished in sequins

Unusual materials include plastic bags in Ivory Roses

ABSTRACT FLOWER DESIGN IN TEXTILE ART - USING PLASTIC
Thick plastic bags can be moulded and stitched as leaves

cat hair in Abstract Flower Design E

ABSTRACT FLOWER DESIGN IN TEXTILE ART - USING CAT HAIR
Cat hair is soft and pliable, creating moulded cups to house beads

and the disintegrating lining of an old cushion in Abstract Flower Design B

ABSTRACT FLOWER DESIGN IN TEXTILE ART - USING DISINTEGRATING FABRIC
The disintegrating lining of an old cushion provides a delicate 3D structure embellished in glass beads

ABSTRACT FLOWER DESIGN IN TEXTILE ART – TECHNIQUES

Flat designs are created using a traditional method of applique (stitching your design onto the background). Example: Ecstasy

ABSTRACT FLOWER DESIGN IN TEXTILE ART - FLAT DESIGN
Flat applique flower heads

Layering wool circles (with a central stitch to anchor to the background) is effective in creating depth and movement within the contouring of a flat design. Example: Fur Pocket

ABSTRACT FLOWER DESIGN IN TEXTILE ART - LAYERING WOOL
Layering wool creates depth within the contouring of a flat design

Padded structures (adding a layer of wadding or stuffing the cavity between the surface design and background) are effective in creating depth within the surface contouring. Example: Yellow Sunflowers

ABSTRACT FLOWER DESIGN IN TEXTILE ART - PADDED STRUCTURE
Padded structures raise a design away from the background

Hollow structures are very effective in establishing 3D form (two layers of fabric are machine stitched to create a petal or leaf shape and turned out). Movement and direction can be manipulated using pipe cleaners or metal inside of the cavity. Example: Blue Sunflowers

ABSTRACT FLOWER DESIGN IN TEXTILE ART - HOLLOW STRUCTURE
Hollow leaves are manipulated using pipe cleaners

ABSTRACT FLOWER DESIGNS IN TEXTILE ART – EMBELLISHMENT

See Also

Embellishing a design in light reflective beads, buttons, sequins and old jewels is not only decorative but also establishes depth within the contouring, with shadows cast as light travels across the surface. Example: Abstract Flower Design E

ABSTRACT FLOWER DESIGN IN TEXTILE ART - BEADS AND SEQUINS
Flower head encrusted with light reflective beads, buttons and sequins

ABSTRACT FLOWER DESIGN IN TEXTILE ART – USING PRINTED PANELS

Using printed fabrics with flower motifs is a fabulous way to add colour, pattern and embellishment to your textile design. I adore vintage fabrics, faded by sunlight and naturally eroded. This adds a sense of time and place. The Womanhood Collection uses pattern and texture to create a sense of nostalgia. Example: Reducing us to simply a heartbeat

ABSTRACT FLOWER DESIGN IN TEXTILE ART - FADED FABRICS
Faded vintage flowered fabrics add a sense of time and place

An abstract flower design can effectively transcend it’s purely decorative form. I used a beautifully descriptive pattern to present the reproductive system in ”Three Ages of Woman”. The more elaborate the motif the more mature the woman.

ABSTRACT FLOWER DESIGN IN TEXTILE ART - DESCRIPTIVE PATTERN
Floral motif as the female reproductive system

I do hope you have found this article inspirational in creating your own Abstract Flower Designs in Textile Art. For more examples please visit https://www.ccunningham-textileartist.com/ and https://ma9798.wixsite.com/ccunningham-woman . Previous blog posts and the techniques page may be helpful to you.

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