This piece is off the wall now, more complex than when I took this photo, and being stitched. I love it more every day. Right now I call it "Notes to my daughter."
Flight (shown below in its mock-up stage) is finished. It's even being photographed, along with Reach (finished) and Grasp (still needs to be edged and mounted).
To the Sea just needs its sleeve. I'd post it here but the computer refuses to speak to the camera this afternoon. Another piece is brewing on the design wall. (Well, technically it's rolled up in my storage area, since I share the design wall with seven other people.)
How do you go from idea to product? Do you sketch out a design? Do you let the material draw you? Do you come to the piece with an image in mind?
Usually, I have been moved by a group of fabrics I've printed: they seem to come together, to form a critical mass, and create energy together. Of course, that is just a starting point. Then it's push, shove, edit, redo, until the balance of image, color, contrast and movement feels right.