7/01/2009

Work in progress.



I started this new collection of farm animal designs for Makower ages ago, well about ten months to be precise. The collection includes chickens, sheep, cows and pigs and an assortment of flowers such as poppies and buttercups. (definitely no giant hogweed!) I am told that this particular fabric design pictured here on my desk, has now been printed so I guess it is safe to show you.

The first photo shows the design in its early stages, that is the creative, fun part. Next comes the more challenging part, that of working out the repeat. The artwork also has to translate into eighteen colours, that may sound like a lot but they soon get used up trying to achieve shaded effects, for example, a leaf with four shades of green counts as four colours.

I am really looking forward to seeing what people do with the fabric, maybe I will even see some of it made up into a quilt on someone's blog one day soon!

42 comments:

  1. Beutiful design, would love to get your fabric. Hmmm. already thinking to make a quilt with it.

    Have a nice day
    Ale.

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  2. It's always fascinating to me to see an artist's work space and progress. Lovely!

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  3. You've captured nature's beauty in your painting! I think that the fabric will be a grand success.

    The first photo immediately took me back ... oh, at least two decades, when I took a printed textiles design course at the Parsons School of Design. I loved the mysterious process of figuring out repeats, and was so convinced that I could be a textile designer, and thereby leave the law firm in which I toiled.

    Not so. I found the field very hard to break into. Think that I might still have a few sample paintings in some flat file drawer.

    Again, your painting is beautiful!

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  4. Thank you for a glimpse of your artist worktable. I've been wanting to see some of your creative process.Wow, it's amazing. That fabric is very beautiful!

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  5. I do envy you your exquisite drawing ability Valeria - that is such a perfect material for the farm - shall look out for it.

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  6. That's so fascinating! I do hope that lovely fabric will be available in the U.S. Wonderful for quilting and for "home dec." Place mats, tea cozies and all that lovely stuff! So you have to figure out all the "colorways" -- I thought the fabric printing folks would have done that. It's a lot of work for you! What a meticulous process, and how gifted you are!

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  7. Lovely! I bet it was fun doing all the feathers. My under-gardeners would make very complex models :-)

    I remember my flat mate at art school designing pattern repeats - are they a called croakies? or did I dream that?

    I always like the technical, mathematical, bits of design/illustration work - looks like you do too :-)

    Celia

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  8. Golly, you work so small! What a lovely fabric, I bet that will fly out, so many people love chickens.

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  9. It is so beautiful. I love fabric. I have never seen one such as that with so much vibrant color. Now I would want to buy that and use it in my kitchen to cover my toaster, coffee maker, make an apron, and some pot holders.

    Willow

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  10. Oh. Oh. Like magic. Little roosters and hens appearing on the flower bedecked page. How fun that must be! Beautiful!

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  11. Hello,
    Lovely to see your work in progress.x

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  12. I think it turned out beautifully. The animals are very charmingly rendered!

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  13. Celia, you remembered correctly, a croquis is a sketch or representation of an idea for a design which has not been fully realised or put into repeat.

    Frances, I am sure you took the right path, very few firms employ full time textile designers these day and the life of a freelance is very precarious.

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  14. Also loved seeing your design and work space. Hens are lovely on fabrics, I have tea towels.
    Your design is really attractive.
    Thankyou for your comments about my drawings, they are appreciated.

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  15. Simply beautiful! You are a great artist. I love hens,I collect them in my kitchen and painted on my tile backsplash.
    About my lavender arrangements. They are a kind of favor given to guests at the baptism party. Something different from the classical baby favor.
    Eli

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  16. oh my this is wonderful, just wait till i show my mum - she loves chickens! i love seeing works in progress too & others woek areas, i am always left wanting to go and paint!!!!!

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  17. oh.. beautiful work! love your style

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  18. This is a wonderful piece...too pretty to cut up! But I can see it being used as a journal cover, a garden apron.......Thanks for sharing the "before and after", it's always amazes me.

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  19. Absolutely beautiful!!! I love your color palette. Working with fabric is challenging~ but when the finished designs look that FABULOUS... it's well worth the "repeat stresses!"
    Your designs...your hand makes me smile!
    Will you be making one of your books with these images?
    :)
    Wishing you all the best~
    Michelle

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  20. Hello Valerie, Your painting of the chickens are truly beautiful and perfect in every way. Amazing process from beginning to end. Will the fabric be sold in the USA??? Congratulation lovely art work. Hugs Judy

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  21. Your art is wonderful and spilling over with charm. Because of the way you laid out the chickens, it is a wee bit of a mandala. I imagine the fabric will be well received, so beautiful!

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  22. Wonderful work. Such delicate background and vibrant chickens - male and female. Your work is patently great! - jeanne

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  23. ahhhh those chickens are making me wistful xx

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  24. Wow Valerie! I am, as always, SO impressed! Can't wait to see more, but I do love chickens!

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  25. Your artwork is beautiful. I can't wait to get this delightful design in fabric.

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  26. Much, much chicken love!

    I've only had to do repeats a couple of times - and failed spectacularly IMO (probably why I did not do any more!)

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  27. That is a really beautiful design. I have always wondered how artist's work out the repeating of a design which seems like it must be quite complicated to do. This work makes me think of my childhood as it seemed like Roosters and Chickens were a frequent at the time in country kitchens. I really enjoyed this post, Thank you for sharing!

    Gillian

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  28. The designs are really beautiful..This is so fantastic..great..Do check my another blog also i.e.Unseen Rajasthan

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  29. I love those chickens! As usual, beautifully done! Many years ago I was visiting a friend in Pennsylvania and she asked me to paint a chicken on the hen house door. I did not feel adequate to the challenge and don't think I did much to improve the look of the hen house! I could have used a tutorial from you!
    Olivia

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  30. I love the chicken design! I wonder if your fabric will be sold in the U.S.?

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  31. Several people have asked if my quilt fabrics are available in the USA and the answer is yes!
    They will be distributed by Andover so look for quilt shops who stock either Makower or Andover.

    You can also find them on websites such as Over the Rainbow. Look in my side bar for the link and type in Valerie Greeley in the search bar.

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  32. How amazing to see your designs on fabric! Gorgeous fabric.

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  33. Absolutely gorgeous design Valerie. When I took a quick look at the first photo I thought it was the start of a rag rug on your floor; then I saw it in its proper perspective on your table. It is certainly beautiful and I bet it flies off the shelves. I think if I was a textile designer, the repeat system would fox me. I am very unmathematical. I still think it would make a great rug design.

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  34. Valerie, I love your chickens and roosters...funnily enough I have just posted a rooster design too....synchronicity or what?...I remember the days when I had to work out repeats too....good for the brain!! Keep up the beautiful work...Patricia

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  35. Oh the lovely chickens! Plumply satisfying and feathery,they step right off the page.
    I don't know what appeals to me more, the originals on the page or the repeating design with flowers. And it is certainly a privilege to have a peep at your workspace.

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  36. A delightfully Artsie blog I just happened onto here!!!!!Love your work and your ambition.. "followed" so I can keep an eye on you... enjoyed surfing your blog, xoxo~Kathy~ @ Sweet Up-North Mornings...

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  37. Oh, chickens! this design is lovely. kitchen curtains spring to mind.

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  38. Congratulations on this fine accomplishment!

    I was immediately thinking of my mother, who loves old-fashioned roosters and hens and still keeps some to ensure a fresh supply of eggs.

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  39. I did not havetime to put a new post together this morning, so I reposted an old one. Guess what's on it? Yes, a beautiful rooster! ;-)

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  40. This is jst so beautiful, no idea what I would do with it but i certainly wuld love to get some. I think I woud just sit and gloat over it.

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