I am so relieved that this challenge period is over. I love the rich palette of deep purple, burgundy and emerald but I found the dark values tricky to work with. I've lost count of the half-started pieces but these are the three that I actually finished (shown in order of completion):
Grass, Tussock, Savannah etc). They are abstractions of the rushes of Cochrone Lagoon near my home in their glistening glory after the lagoon was drained in mid-2010 (more photos on my blog):
Originally I resolved to only use fabrics from my stash for this challenge but that didn't last long. I've had fun experimenting with tray dyeing techniques as outlined in the book Tray Dyeing: Exploring Colour, Texture and Special Effects by by Claire Benn and Leslie Morgan. This is what can happen when you mix emerald, violet and burgundy dyes:
Vincent Van Gogh. Serendipitously, the green and purple section in the middle just happened to measure 12x12 inches and so I quilted in an iris motif. It's kind of subtle but it looks better in real life.
And so I have an "eggplant trilemma". Which piece would you select for my "official" contribution to this Colourplay challenge?
Where do you find the time?
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