This week I collaborated with my past self working on a fern pattern. I remembered a large sketchbook with interesting fern work which I made in 2005, so I opened it and was delighted to find the work just as fresh as I found it at the time. I didn’t take it beyond the sketchbook at the time, but I was up and running with it this week. I photographed the page and imported it into a Procreate document and spent a few very happy hours drawing a fern swaying in the breeze.
The screenshots above are of the work as it progressed, showing the original sketchbook page on a layer beneath the drawing. These designs are to be used as patterns for my Binky McKee Redbubble store, but the process led to me to reflect on self-collaboration and how interests remain the same across time and different disciplines. The main difference is in the materials; my illustration and design work as Binky is completely digital, and mostly designed for the digital market, whereas HEW works so far have been made entirely by hand, physical objects which I hope are contemplative and can be enjoyed for the way they are made.
I was interested to see how my drawing technique transitions the different media and survives with something intact which I can see is intrinsically mine. I was also pleased to note how my patience has grown with age, adding a new quality to my work. I am excited for the possibilities this exercise presents, as I may be able to make digital drawings of some of my other work this way, enabling transparent backgrounds for printing on fabric and other materials. I am particularly interested in doing something with my Daily Doodles. There's a job for the future me!
Whether it works out or not, I will not stop working with pen, ink, gouache, watercolour etc and paper, but I look forward to experimenting and seeing what results in the digital realm.
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Heather Eliza Walker
Artist in Edinburgh, Scotland
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