What an exciting morning! Working on this icon of St. George as a fabric wall hanging will be an amazing learning experience. Today we got together to look at the drawing, and to begin the process of selecting fabrics for each area. It was exhausting, differing so much from painting in the physicality of folding, sorting, pinning, arranging. One plus is the ability to change our minds often, and to try different combinations of color and pattern. It keeps the design process very fluid. We began by hanging the drawing up on the wall, and pinning on colors and fabrics to it.
The first color to be determined was the bright red background. We discussed each addition, worked on the harmony of the colors within the composition. We discussed how we will render the face, the hair, the halo, the armor, the hand of God.
Changes and adjustments are easy to make–at least at this point. Our next step will be to go back to the drawing, and number each area in preparation for making the actual tissue paper pattern for cutting the cloth. I will then make a tracing of the drawing onto the tissue paper, and number that as well. From there we will cut the fabric into shapes and begin assembling the image.