Experiments in Black + White

b+w-papercut

Papercut in black and white.

Lately I’ve been experimenting with different media, starting without color. Now I design all of my fabric collections in black and white before adding color, which allows me to focus on line and form, before clouding everything with color. And sometimes it doesn’t need color at all. If you have followed my fabric designs for a while, you may have noticed that I like to keep things simple.

I went years only wanting to make and sew functional objects, but now I just want to explore techniques. At this point, I don’t want to write instructions or draft patterns, but I’m not sure where I’m going with this.

b+w-doodles

Doodles in black and white.

b+w

Line exploration in black and white. Acrylic on paper, paper weaving, digital lines, and acrylic on fabric.

3 comments to Experiments in Black + White

  • I love this! I’ve also been stretching into the new year – making more work that has nothing to do with my business and more about experimenting and feeling my way with some new techniques. I’m tempted to steal your idea of working just in black and white for a while. 🙂

  • Can I just come be your intern or you become my mentor?! I love everything you do!

  • Ellen,
    I do a lot of Zen Tangle so I was so excited to see this black and white fabrics.
    I am writing to ask if you ever have freebies .I am the bus chairman for our guild Washington State Quilters. We number around 300 . On our journey to a out of town quilt show or quilt shops ,we give a way door prizes we really work hard on getting donations for these.
    Please let me know on our trips we charter a 56 passenger bus.

    Linda Hunt

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