I started the day with my head full of ideas for new lampshades. Three different ideas were brewing and I wanted to try them all, at once.
The first involved silhouettes of glass vessels so I played around with the camera for a while, but couldn’t quite decide on a design before being distracted by thoughts of a new technique.
So I played with dyes and paints, parchment and maps before getting disheartened when I couldn’t translate the design in my sketchbook into stitch. My mind was wandering again.
My final idea was prompted quite simply by the two wooden birds sitting on my desk since yesterday when they arrived in the post.
I sketched a few pairs of birds, their tails reminiscent of my seed-head design, remembered my robin Christmas cards
and decided I’d try a pair of love birds from appliquéd map.
They look rather flighty in comparison to their wooden friends,
but I think they will work well as a lampshade.
My workspace is now in chaos!