Sunday, September 20, 2015

Paisley Project

Sheree McKee

I love color and fabric pattern!  There is one textile design 
that always draws my attention, it's the Paisley.

Collage of magazine photos and embellishments
Machine embroidery on batik fabric
The Paisley motif and all-over Paisley Pattern is one of my favorite designs.  It has always fascinated and inspired me.  I am attracted to all the curves and femininity of this graceful design. I absolutely love the swirling and splashing movement!

A Paisley pattern can take on several looks:
  1. Traditional is usually very intricate, using many colors.
  2. Modern can be simplistic, using minimal colors or vibrant hues.
A few years ago, I suggested a postcard swap called BeJeweled Paisleys in our PostcardMailArt group.  This swap encouraged members to bejewel a handmade Paisley motif on their postcards.  Here are a few that I created on top of batik fabric.

Wood beads, glass beads, and a gold mylar insert
Buttons were added to this version and
all have blanket stitched edges

I tacked down the rattail cording with seed 
beads and stitched bugles beads into sunbursts

I'll be updating this topic soon because I'm currently working on a handmade book trade organized by Pam Crawford of Maine.  This is my first time participating in a book trade and we were given three months to create.

My subject is called the Paisley Project and will contain approximately 20 pages. The booklet will be mailed out in October 2015, then I will share some of my work here.

The guidelines are not totally textile based, but my version will contain a fabric element to it, along with paper collage.

postcards from magazine layers