A Pathway From One Creative Idea to Another
Fabio Consoli, one of the faculty from the Sketchbook Skoolhouse Stretching online class, wanted us to explore "child's play," combining a child's drawing with ours. My grandson Zach made the figure on the right and I completed the picture with figures from my own imagination. Here is the original blog post about this homework assignment.
I was doing a 100 day challenge at the same time - drawing from my imagination - and eventually Axel (the figure on the left) was featured in many of my drawings, and he even acquired a girl friend. I asked Zach to help me create a back story and he said that Axel and Alice were from the moon and their head shapes were determined by the phase of the moon at their birth. They were playing in Axel's Mother's space ship and accidently started it. They are very confused by Earth.
I sketched Axel and Alice many times over the next months, eventually leading me to "draw" Axel on Fabric.
During July I spent part of every day dying fabric and one of my projects was to create Axel and Alice on fabric by drawing and painting the fabric with Procion MX dyes.
I make many Christmas ornaments for family and friends, an annual project since my own 3 children were born more than 40 years ago. Now I'm making Axel ornaments for our 8 grandchildren + one for our tree.
I scanned the dye painting of Axel and resized him (6 inches long) in Photoshop. The JPEG was transferred to a piece of fabric on a plastic support (EQ Printed Treasure Premium Cotton Satin) and 9 copies were made using an Epson Artisan 50 Photo Ink Jet Printer.
Each Axel was then sewn to a backing and lightly stuffed to hang on our family Christmas trees. Here is a finished ornament.
And here are all 9 that I made - for 8 grandchildren + our tree.