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Fun with Inkscape!

 

For the last couple of weeks I have been learning the basics/experimenting with ‘Inkscape’ – an Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X. I used to use Illustrator while I was at university, and enjoyed the ‘trace’ function which allowed me to turn my illustrations into vector images, and luckily Inkscape has a similar function.

While I was messing around with the ‘stars and¬†polygons’ tool, I ended up accidentally making shapes like this:


stars

This has kind of got me wondering how I could use images I’ve designed with Inkscape and apply them to embroidery or pattern design… hmmm…

Anyway,

The reason I wanted to get to know my way around Inkscape is that I had recently been asked to design a logo for a permaculture group. This is what I have experimented with so far:

pencilLPN

I blacked this image in with pen before scanning it in, then used the ‘trace’ function and tidied the image up:owllogo

I’ve adjusted the spacing between some of the paths by using the path and ‘node’ functions. I think it looks pretty nice in green:

owl.bmp

I’ll have to wait and see what the verdict is!

Update: They liked it ūüôā

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January 2013 – The Plan!

I never thought I’d be¬†particularly¬†glad to see January, but I feel like I have endured and survived a mince pie¬†avalanche¬†for the last few months. I’m glad we can start being normal, and eat meals that aren’t 90% sugar or gravy again.

I have a slightly different plan for my design work this year, which is as follows:

I’m going to go to more craft fairs, but I’m not going to get stalls at them…

This is because over the last couple of years I have found that the only fairs I have done well at have been during winter, and even these can be hit and miss. I think too many hours spent sitting in the cold, not daring to leave my stall in case I make a sale have taken their toll, and I would prefer to spend that time working on new designs, talking to people, looking at other’s work that interests me¬†and focusing time and energy on web promotion.

I will look into getting some stock into shops…

I have tried this in the past, but didn’t much energy into it as I could have done. I also don’t think my work was as good, so I think I can make use of a few years experience, come up with some better designs, and see what happens! I would like to send stock to shops outside of Yorkshire, so will do my research!

I will work on some new designs¬†and experiment more…

Not everything I have made in the last couple of years is stuff I really like… I want to use embroidery more in my work and possibly make more sculptural pieces. I have been offered some horsehair¬†¬†by an ex-upholsterer, which could be an interesting medium!

I will carry on learning on my pattern drafting course…

I’m still learning to make clothes; it’s a slow process but it’s helping me work out how to use fabric in new ways.

I will reflect on what inspires me

The natural world is one of my biggest sources of inspiration and I want to reflect this more in my work. The news a couple of days ago that Japanese cameramen had filmed a giant squid for the first time in its natural habitat was so exciting, and a recent David Attenborough documentary introduced me to the world of trilobites which was equally AMAZING AND COOL:

Trilobite!

I am also excited by so much folk-law and traditional folk art from around the world. The more surreal/uncanny the better….

So that’s the plan! More updates soon….

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