Sunday, September 9, 2012

New Collection in the works

Well, we've finally moved over to our new home and it has been worth the wait :)
I've set up the study, all books, art supplies and stash are neatly (well, neatlyish) stored and ready to be used. The good thing about having to move everything you own is that you have a chance to revisit your whole life through ephemera you've collected along the way, the bad thing is that you realise how much stuff you have that you don't use/need.

Why is it so hard to part with little bits of paper and pieces of fabric?

Anyhoo, I've culled as much as I can for the time being to make room for future creations.
Speaking of creations, before the move I started a new collection of fabric designs, Kantha was inspired by those wonderful stitched quilts from Gujarat in India.
Women there piece reclaimed fabric together to make thin quilts and cover the whole length of them with tiny stitches to baste it together. The effect is charming.

In the midst of winter here in Australia I was dreaming of the heat of an Indian summer (ok, maybe spring) and all of the glorious colours and scents of a marketplace in Gujarat.

A picture from the intermatron (net) inspired my colour palette:

The coloured powder (Gulal) is used in celebration usually like this
 and sometimes as below!

 I am still working on the main design of the collection (amongst other projects) but I have had the co-ordinating designs printed by Spoonflower and they look great! All of these designs are available for sale in my Spoonflower shop, here.
Here's a peak.

Kantha collection co-ordinates by Bee & Lotus on Spoonflower
Hope your weekend is going well.