The process that I followed is pretty simple and more 'design' based than my work usually is.
Gustav Klimt is one of my favourite painters, so it was almost a natural choice while I was looking for something that I could reproduce on paper, mixed media and stitch.
|Gustav Klimt The Bride|
There were some other floral patterns that I was considering from another painting, which funnily enough belongs to the same period: The Virgin.
|Auditioning imagery and details on brown paper|
But in the end The Bride won.
I suppose that what drew me to it was the pattern, besides its 'unfinished' status, which lent it an air of mystery and seemed to leave a little unexplored corner for somebody to go in and partake of it.
So I started by isolating the design elements that struck me most and that could be better reproduced according to my media of choice.
There were basically two choices: the floral pattern decorating the trousers at the bottom of the left unfinished side and the unfinished dreamy figure at the top:
I considered both:
In the end I went for the dreamy figure part, which would still feature some flowery patterns
|Pages of sketchbook showing a scan of the finished embroidery and opposite some tyvek experiment: painted with Dye n'flow on both sides (Green Yellow and Purple) + ironed onto a rubber stamp mat. Stuck with Copydex glue|
|Experiments for rendering imaginary flowers|
|Another example of imaginary flower in tyvek, heated with the heat gun|
|Detail of an imaginary flower pattern in tyvek, painted, rubber stamped and pressed under the iron|
And this is the end result in more detail: