I must admit to being slightly obsessed with water, especially the way it changes colour, depending on what is underneath it and what the sky is doing above it. Every time I pop out to the beach, the sea offers up different, ever-changing shades and the rock pools it leaves behind as it falls away from the rocky edges of the beach are also full of colour and texture.
I often surprise friends when I return from holiday with my holiday snaps. I hardly ever take photos of people, instead my images will be of the sea, or a lake or perhaps a structural plant or a dead tree or two. I am fascinated with just how brilliant and bountiful nature is as a source of inspiration, and I am always looking out for colour. During a recent trip I found myself captivated by the beautiful greens and blues of this fast flowing river in Hukka, New Zealand. It reminded me of the colours of the rockpools back on the pebble beach at home.
I have been making sketches and colour studies based on rockpools and am currently developing this work into designs for weaving. Here are a few drawings taken from my sketchbook:
I will be making some yarn wrappings next and then I can begin designing the weave and making a warp to take on to the loom. Hopefully I can produce some samples worthy of becoming a new throw design.......think I will name it 'rockpool'.