RSN Silk Shading: WIP

The final module for the RSN certificate!

Tight brief here: design has to be a flower, fruit or vegetable and has to feature a turning leaf…. Having seriously considered several humorously phallic carrots, I settled on this satusuma for my design.

Taken between February 2019 and January 2020, the following photostream charts the first half of the project. Starting with pricking and puncing to transfer the design to the silk, stitching a shade key and testing out a circle shape, stitching the lower half of the fruit and the furthest leaf.

silk shading | orange | satsuma | RSN | Sarah Mole

silk shading | orange | satsuma | RSN | Sarah Mole

silk shading | orange | satsuma | RSN | Sarah Mole

silk shading | orange | satsuma | RSN | Sarah Mole

silk shading | orange | satsuma | RSN | Sarah Mole

silk shading | orange | satsuma | RSN | Sarah Mole

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silk shading | orange | satsuma | RSN | Sarah Mole

silk shading | orange | satsuma | RSN | Sarah Mole

silk shading | orange | satsuma | RSN | Sarah Mole

silk shading | orange | satsuma | RSN | Sarah Mole

I actually really enjoy this technique! The long and short stitch creates a lovely effect and I’m having fun creating painterly shading.

What I’m not loving is replicating a photograph. I’m finding it frustrating that I’m not managing to achieve a photorealistic result, although in truth I don’t think that’s really the aim of the exercise here. I’m super happy with the smooth, round edges, and I think once I get to the light-reflection part it’ll suddenly feel more ball-like.

I’d really like to try this technique in a more modern, abstract design – just playing with geometric shapes and colour would be fun.