Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Quiet of Color

Now that we're officially heading into a new season where the sun shines less frequently, I find myself occasionally turning on the heater and covering up with a blanket when I sit and stitch in my little corner of the sofa under my lamp — in spite of it being warmer this week than it was many days this past summer.

But the darkness is creeping up into supper time, and the early mornings feel more like the middle of the night. With all this comes a shift in my observations. Summer's bright color has faded away, and the subtle details in fall's color combinations have become much more interesting to me.

[ABOVE] A hand-stitched tea towel (left) that I made for my friend Jen hangs on the wall of her studio. At this time of year I find myself drawn to softer color schemes such as this one.

The heavy clouds in the fall sky and the increase in waking to the sound of fog horns add a sort of melancholy mood to the shift. Oatmeal-colored felt and fabric find their way into more of my work, and the black pen lines in my drawings have become more simple. I've been experimenting with turning those simple drawings into embroidery work, such as on these canvas bags that I make.

[ABOVE] One of my zippered canvas bags, embroidered with a lamb.

[ABOVE] A close-up shot of the embroidery.

These small embroidery experiments have also made their way onto tea towels, which I've made as gifts for friends. While they're not yet part of my regular catalog, I have put a few of my favorite designs for sale on Etsy.

[ABOVE] Detail of the organic cotton tea towel I made, embroidered with a girl mouse holding a flower.

[ABOVE] Detail of my organic cotton lady bug tea towel, also available on Etsy.

Welcome fall.

~ Kata Golda

SHOP: and Etsy

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