Monday, 18 February 2013


I LOVE this photo that Sarah took last week when we were doing a studio photo-shoot (for a new magazine...more of that to come). The studio is sooooo sunny which is great for playing with silhouettes. The windows are like a giant light box which proves really useful in my line of work.

 It has been useful while I've been playing with my new Fritillary design.

This is one of my favourite flowers. I couldn't believe the chequered petals were real the first time I saw them. I drew some in my sketchbook last year and wondered how I could possibly describe this intricate pattern in light and shadow. It puzzled me so much that I left the drawing in my sketchbook to come back to later. 

Last month Helen who owns the Willow Garden, which is my favourite florist in Hebden Bridge asked me if I could do a Fritillary design so I rose to the challenge and got the sketchbook out again.

After much drawing and cutting and re-cutting (very fiddly) I decided that if I did the chequered pattern behind the flower head silhouette it softened the effect which I liked. 

I let some bright white light out from the inside petals like the light was coming from inside the flower head

and lastly added the spindly fly-away leaves.

There. The first new lamp design from the new studio. I hope it's the first of many more.


Jill Hodgson said...

That's lovely, it captures the essence of the flower and it's movement. They are extraordinary, I agree.
It must feel good to have christened your new space with a new design!

Kate-Em said...

This is so beautiful. I love fritillaries.

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