Monday, December 21, 2009

Inspire Me

by Cheri of From Out of the Cracks

“God blessed you with talent and children…He must have thought you could handle both” paraphrased from a customer.

Where does that creativity come from? What was the inspiration, the spark? Do you go somewhere to get inspired?

Here is our featured HandmadeMN artist Jodee Hansen Fiedler from Palettepassion where she creates hand painted silk scarves, accessories, bags and décor. You can also check Jodee out on Twitter and flickr.

Jodee says the inspiration for this scarf came from their first “child" Buster Doglas. “Being a Sheltie, we knew he would get a full thick coat although we were surprised by how much it would shed ! He has been with us a long time and his coat has changed as he matured. It started as soft caramel brown when he was a puppy but then darker brown and black emerged, and now some gray. I’m amazed by the way the colors intertwine and the way the wind across his fur creates such unique movement. I thought it might be a fun experiment to see if I could capture those qualities on silk.”

Jodee says she started with a blank white silk scarf. “I applied several layers of brown and black pigments until I had the right nuance of color and motion. Then I dry brushed white highlights which also helped give the effect of depth and strands of hair. I was very surprised and delighted by the results. The palette is versatile and would complement any wardrobe, even if you’re not a dog lover! I think more experiments lay ahead.”


M. B. Karger said...

It's gorgeous! And what a sweet tribute to Buster. Love this feature!