November 30, 2012
I am so thrilled to be taking part in the Challenge of Colour Blog Hop, hosted by Erin of Tesoritrovati
We were asked to select our favourite palette from a list of two for our inspiration. The amazing palettes were created by the amazing Brandi of BrandiGirlBlog. The pictures she worked with to make the palettes are from the Earth as Art exhibit from the United States Geological Service taken from the Landsat 7 satellite.
When I heard NASA, colour and art in the same sentence, I was in.
The palette I chose is called Desert Patterns.
Seen through the “eyes” of a satellite sensor, ribbons of Saharan sand dunes seem to glow in sunset colors. These patterned stripes are part of Erg Chech, a desolate sand sea in southwestern Algeria, Africa, where the prevailing winds create an endlessly shifting collage of large, linear sand dunes. The term “erg” is derived from an Arabic word for a field of sand dunes.
I was immediately drawn to the colours, they are right up my alley. But, I was also actually very inspired by the photo itself. By the textures and ripples in the sand dunes.
I really wanted to create something with layers and dimension. And of course, colour! I also wanted to suggest movement in the piece. I didn’t want it to be too literal, just implied.
To do this, I went with some fold-forming and patinas.
I fold-formed some Copper first to create some layers and crevices for texture and dimension. I also cut my focal into a sort of wave shape, to suggest movement.
Then I went to town with my patinas to add in all of my wonderful colours.
And I continued with colour in the necklace strap. Here there are handmade glass beads in that amazing rust orange colour, my own patinaed beads and chain in the lovely mustard ochre, some stained wood to represent that wonderful tomato red and some simple faceted glass beads in turquoise.
This project was so enjoyable for me. My sincere thanks to Erin and Brandi for all their hard work on this!
For a full list of all participants, please follow this link.