It seems like a lifetime ago when I used to draw dogs and children's portraits and I always felt that I was cheating using a photo as a reference. Dogs and small children don’t pose well, so a photograph freezes a frame so you aren’t waiting on a still moment. But for some reason, I felt that I should have been able to look at the moving subject and freeze it in my head.
I assumed I was a no talent kind of artist, a shameful duplicator; until many moons ago when I signed up for a life drawing class at NASCAD. (Nova Scotia College of Art & Design) The priceless bit of knowledge I took from the class was that all the great artists worked from references; consisting of multiple sketches, models and the world around them. Not that I'm comparing myself to the greats, but hey, if it's good enough for them, it should be good enough for me, right? I learned it was okay to use a reference for perspective or detail, so I felt maybe I did own a bit of raw talent after all.
So where does inspiration come from? Sources are everywhere, maybe in a greeting card, one that maybe has a marvelous sunset, and then you see a magazine ad with a wonderful tree, and then there’s this building in town that has always peeked your interest so you incorporate that as well Now these elements are forming a picture, pieced together to create a unique design. Each element on its own might have little appeal, but together they are the building blocks of an heirloom! You work with these inspirations and make something original to call your own.
This leads me to my friend Michael Wilson, who introduced me to the world of antique wallpapers and borders. Back in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries grand rooms and halls were adorned with the most spectacular paper art imaginable. Some of the geometric borders were phenomenal and not only was the main focal paper art in itself, but then they added multiple borders and corner pieces to make the ceiling and walls a monumental showpiece. Layers upon layers of complimentary design and colour gave Victorian parlours a taste of opulence as if royalty dwelled there. Michael knows I love to design and he brought these borders to my attention to use and create patterns for rug hooking and because copyright no longer applies, I developed this particular border into a pattern with an Oriental flare.
Janet Delo colour planned and hooked Tudor Rose. She dyed the colors to match the decor of her home. Great job Janet!
If I remember correctly this border was from the 17th century and the one that inspired this pattern called Tudor Rose. I moved borders and mirrored the design. The moment I saw this picture I formed the design in my head. This design can be made smaller by removing some of the horizontal sections. Contact me if you wish to have the design adapted to suit your requirements.