If you wish to use any text, images or information from my blog, please be courteous and give reference and acknowledgement, by adding a link to this site http://ingridleeart.com or copy and paste this description to your article or own blog:
Ingrid Lee, is an international award winning artist in modern porcelain painting, abstract expressionist acrylic and mixed media paintings, fabric art. She teaches masterclasses and creates collaborative art projects to share creativity and inspire art enthusiasts in Australia and overseas. When she’s not painting or writing, she’s baking and tending her rose garden. For information about Ingrid’s exhibitions, masterclasses, projects or commissions contact ingridleeart.com ingridleeart.com
It was 4.30 am in Melbourne and I presented a ribbon embroidery demonstration via skype to a VIP event at NeedleDelux in St Petersburg, Russia. The focus for this demonstration was to look at how to create layered effects in two different styles when working on painted backgrounds. Here are the two ribbon embroidery projects I presented:
The backgrounds were painted first, the background petals and leaves were created with ribbon stitch to create depth. I use combinations of organza or silk ribbon (these ribbons are 7mm). The front petal of the violet is a ruffle, made with 13mm silk ribbon.
It was wonderful to see some familiar faces from my masterclasses which I taught there in May 2012, and continue to share experiences of new techniques and approaches to creating violets. Some photos from the masterclasses last year:
I regularly use skype to organize commissioned paintings, communicate with my agents or partners of collaborative projects overseas and within Australia, and do some demonstrations. If you’d like to know more about this, please contact me to make an appointment.
Silk Ribbons and roses…what am I doing?? If you’ve read most of the posts to date, I’m busy painting on a variety of projects, so what do I do when I need a break? I spend time in my rose garden. I always share my garden with my online friends and followers, and I’ve written and posted about it my blogs before…but this is where I relax and have space. My beautiful roses were in full bloom when I got home from Thailand inn November 2012; but sadly because of the heat now in January, my garden is not happy. So to brighten my day, I’ve gone to look back on my photos from last November, and I’ve been inspired to work on an silk ribbon project I started last year.
This rose isn’t finished yet, but it gives you an idea of what I’m doing. I am using the colours of my roses to create the silk roses on this art work. I find making these silk works a very relaxing experience, and even though it is still painting and creating, it is not as emotionally and mentally tiring as my other work at the moment; but it is very rewarding. Clearly, this one rose is not finished…but I hope you enjoy this early stage of the work. I really enjoy combining painting, traditional embroidery stitches, and ribbons for this style of art, see some of Other ribbon work.
What do you create to relax? Please share you ideas in the comments If you like this picture or post, please share with the likes, pins or tweets below!
This project was finished last year, where I creating art with porcelain and ribbon embroidery, but it entailed a lot of problem solving along the way. Sometimes I like to create a mini artworks within an artwork, so I painted a small porcelain shoe with raised paste roses and gilding, added gold pen work rose buds, and filled the opening of the shoe with a bouquet of silk ribbon embroidered flowers to complement the paint work. All of the colours in the embroidery bouquet reflect the colour you see reflected off the gold paint and off the white white porcelain which is why it is more harmonious. But this project wasn’t going to be as simple as I thought!!
Here is the porcelain shoe
Here are the silk ribbons I’ve used….they are hand died silk ribbons by ColourStreams.
These are one of my favourite ribbons to work with. I wanted a dramatic effect with the ribbon roses, so I chose this gorgeous colour of Aubergine silk (13mm)…it is varigated in the deepest black purple, then blending to silver grey and golds. I felt this colour would set the mood of the piece and make it a striking feature of the overall piece.
The small gold roses where made with colourstream gold (7mm) hand died silk ribbon- a very fiddly job.
Initially I thought the design would just comprise of these rolled roses in large and small ones…but I realised it wasn’t going to work. The overall design would be boring and the beautiful colours of the roses would be lost to a poorly constructed design.
So how did I solve the problem?
I decided I needed another texture to lift the central design, so I added some white organza rolled ribbon roses, and the I made a pale blue rose which was to look like it had opened to full bloom- like a blown rose. Glass beads were added to add lift to the design.
Here are some photos of the development and sewing together of the embroidery bouquet:
Here is the finished piece:
Do you think the design is successful of mixing the two mediums?
Here is a silk ribbon piece I’m experimenting with, after learning the techniques from my masterclass with Valentina, I am applying them to a few different David Austin style Roses…when I am happy with what I want to achieve, I can start my larger composition.
I have been using acrylics to paint onto these, but I’ll have to invest in some silk paints as the colours aren’t strong enough. Like I said, this is just playing with techniques…I’ll be happier when I’m using silk ribbons as they have a softer flow to the form of the flowers, satin is too stiff (this project has been done in satin just to practise with so I don’t waste the more expensive silk ribbons). I’ll try one more rose study, just a single bloom without the angular leaves and try to capture the more rounded shapes as much as I can with satin ribbon, but really it’s to understand how many individual petals I need to make and how to structure the heart of the rose correctly…so I’ll keep playing until I am happy with these.
I finished this little sampler piece of Silk ribbon Roses embroidered onto a hand painted background, which I’m using for a magazine article submission…I have no idea what I’m going to do with it! The size is 12 cm x 12 cm…maybe a small pillow insert?
I completed the background with a handpainted rose design first, then added leaves with ribbon stitch.
All of the ribbons are hand dyed silk (I buy these, as I do not have time to dye my own) and the rose centres are organza- I like the two texture effect. The roses are rolled roses, and then once in place, hand sewn petals are individually added to complete the roses. These colours are different for me to work in, but I love the merging greens to pinks and yellows and peach colours.
I adore silk ribbon embroidery…while I enjoy most forms of sewing or needle work, ribbon embroidery is close to my heart, and it enables me to ‘paint’ in another medium. Unfortunately I have not had the time, but I would like to start on my work book of ideas…the time is coming soon…….so much to do, not enough time!!!! Such is the problem when you work in too many mediums!!!!! Here are some of my favourite pieces which I will build new creations from.