Rust inspired picture

I’ve had a fascination with rusty metal for quite a long time. You only have to ask my husband – the times I’ve had him carrying back large items from beaches and country walks. It looks fabulous when installed in the garden and it’s been in my mind for quite a while to produce a series of items inspired by rust.

So when I saw this mage and re-discovered this small piece of rust it seemed time to make a start. It’s probably not the most successful piece of felt I’ve made but it’s a good start to get me working on the subject. I envisage that I will work in both 2D and 3D and want to attach pieces of actual rust to the finiished felts.

The fabric pieces are crystal organza which gives a lovely texture when felted in and the curls are dyed teeswater. I wanted to get not just the colours but texture as well. In future I think I may use cut back techniques for added texture and depth. Not sure if I should stitch into it, what do you think?

4 Replies to “Rust inspired picture”

  1. I love the colour combos with the rust and turquoise – beautiful. Rust metal by it’s very nature is not shiny, so may be matt shades to mimic the peelling back of layers of the oxidised metal?

    x

  2. Not sure Abigail, perhaps patchy long and short stitch to represent rust patches. Maybe some single stitches around but nothing with any particular pattern

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