Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Sketchbook and giraffes

A while ago I signed up for The Sketchbook Project (after hearing about it on the Quiltart mailinglist). Last week I received my sketchbook and on Saturday I started drawing in it. The theme is Storybook, so I made a title page and wrote the beginning of a story. I used my Derwent Inktense pencils, but discovered that the pages are too thin to use wet pencils :-(. Oh well, it's all part of the artistic experience... I hope this will force me to practice some more drawing.

One of the things I drew was a giraffe. My Dutch friend Heleen alerted me to the One Million Giraffes website - set up by a Norwegian guy who has a bet with a friend that he can collect one million giraffes before January 1st, 2011. These giraffes need to be hand made, not on a computer or store bought. So far he has collected 855,315 giraffes, so he only needs 144,685 more!

Hugo, Ernst, hubby and I drew about ten giraffes and I also made a giraffe calligram. I've uploaded it to Spoonflower, it's not for sale yet but will be in a while:

Speaking about calligrams, here are the first eight for Robbie's quilt:

I'm thinking of making it a quilt-as-you-go quilt, like my selvedge quilt. Then the back could be an I Spy quilt, with lots of novelty fabrics...

I am looking forward to Friday, when I will visit the Textile Art Festival here in Brisbane. Can't wait to see my MAGnificence quilt exhibited, and the Textile Tantrum quilt, and my embellished bag! I will also be sure to attend one of the floor talks on the Twelve by Twelve exhibition and say hi to Brenda, who created my blog header.


Unknown said...

My goodness Linda! You are so busy! I love your start to the sketchbook! Thabks for the warning about the paper and wet pencils! That was one of the techniques I was going to use.


PS love the calligrams too! You are very talented!

Trillian As said...

Hi Linda,
I signed up as well for this project and also for the storybook. Can't wait till the book will arrive.
Looking forward seeing more of your sketches.

Lynn Cohen said...

What will that guy do with all those giraffes?
Your latest fabric is cute. So are all of them. What a roll you are on.