Friday, March 5, 2010

A Break for Style

It's funny Pamela Allen's class is called "About Style" and is supposed to be about finding your own personal style, yet I seem to be getting farther and farther away from my own style each week. I'm not complaining--I still adore the class and am learning so much, but I'm so focused on composition and design that I never seem to have time to apply my own style to the weekly exercises.

So I needed a little nightly break to get my hands back into my own thing.

My good friend Cindy gave me this luscious pile of scraps. They are leftovers from a San Francisco fashion designer and include fabulous little bits, some even with seams or pinked edges.



I've been putting them together into a background fabric with no real direction in mind yet.




14 comments:

jude said...

it's all about the fabric and a private conversation. it looks like that is happening here.

Jacky said...

What a luscious bundle of scraps...I like your backround piece and cant wait to see where you go with this.
I have a lovely bundle of sari silks that I have plans buzzing around in my head for too, some of these fabrics remind me of them.
Have fun,

Jacky xox

arlee said...

isn't it funny how we covet scraps now? :}

Robin Olsen said...

Yes Arlee. It's funny when I posted this I was thinking I get a bigger thrill from a bag of scraps than from yards of fabric. I think it's that discarded element that speaks to me.

Sherryl said...

Ah, but you learned more than you think you did Robin.. it just may not have fully sunk in yet. I see P's hand in that background.

jackie said...

Your course sounds to be great fun and inspiring. Thanks for reading my blog.

Margaret said...

I'm with Sherryl -- I can see Pam's guidance showing through. No, I don't think you are emulating *her* style! Rather, I think she may have shown you a new side of yourelf, new depth in your *own* style! :-)

cynthia said...

These fabrics are yummy! I can hardly wait to see what you do with them.I love scraps, too.
Your Pamela Allen class pieces have been very fun to watch evolve.

louciao said...

I have to say, Robin, that this "background" piece that you're working on is so much more intriguing than the exercises you've produced in your online class. Really juicy, luscious exciting work! I guess it's good to learn rules (composition, line, contrast, etc.) so that we can consciously choose to break them.
:-)
I love your style.

Robin Olsen said...

Thanks Lou! It is funny how alive I feel when I'm back to my own thing, like this background. The class stuff always feels like a struggle, but I do think I'm learning things that will apply to my own style later.

Paula McNamee said...

Robin, your new stitched pieces are gorgeous with lots of texture and rich color- I love your style!

La Dolce Vita said...

I think you have a direction, but maybe you just don't know it... this is just awesome and your scrap bundle is fabulous!

Kayla coo said...

Hi Robyn,

Fabric scraps are like treasure, beautiful work.x

Stephanie said...

Robin,
I've really enjoyed looking through all the exercises from your class...I think you style IS coming through.

Also love your face paintings, I struggle with faces and am inspired by your loose, colorful joyous faces.

x..x