Metaphor 3

As in my previous post, I’ve worked from a photo of cup and ring stone markings to create a drawing from sections, painted and torn papers then I’m moving on to manipulation in Photoshop.

The crop.

slim crop

Four copies of the crop manipualted to form one new image.


The new image tiled and colour added.


I’ve not put nearly so much colour on this but I thought the colours worked so well together that I didn’t want to do more. Shall we repeat the exercise?

The crop.

odd crop

Four copies of the crop manipualted to form one new image.


The new image tiled.


Colour added.


I don’t think this is quite so successful colourwise but it never ceases to amaze me how far it travels from the original inspiration.

Whilst playing around I also created this, unintentionally I may add.

odd & slim

Amazingly, I do know what I did and can recreate it. It’s an overlay of one tiled image on another creating an even more complex pattern. Rather lovely isn’t it?

Metaphor 2

Having; drawn, painted papers and torn them, my next step was to photograph my work. Once photographed, I cropped a section from each and then began to work with them in Photoshop. Hubby was most helpful with this part of the process and I managed to complete it without losing my temper, although I did feel quite brain dead afterwards.

The crop.

swastika crop

The tile.


Then I manipualted four of the crop images to create one new image.


The new image was then tiled.


And colour added


I love the new pattern, feels a bit like William Morris stuff?

Another one soon.


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.