A couple of months ago I was invited and felt privileged to join Metaphor, a textile group comprised of some very talented and friendly textile artists. It’s fun to meet with like minded people and I intend to work with materials other and as well as felt but before then, it’s back to design stage.

It’s not usually something I discuss very much here so I thought you might enjoy a quick walk through of the process I’m currently following. We’re studying folk culture and I chose to look at cup and ring markings on Ilkley Moor.

Below, are some of the specific stones I’ve used for inspiration.

Swastika Stone


and my drawing.

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Green Crag Slack cup and ring marks.

Backstone Beck

I drew sections from each of these then painted papers and created my images again using torn paper.

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Dobrudden Stone

and my torn paper interpretation

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and finally, I created a new pattern from some of the edges of the torn papers.


We then moved on to manipulate the images in photoshop which I’ll show in my next post.


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