Monday, December 12, 2011



We have been playing a new game recently entitled Choices where we all chose an image and uploaded it to Picasa web albums. We held a secret ballot and our favourite image was entitled Rickshaw, an image provided by Liz. In Round 1 we all worked on Rickshaw, altering it in some way using Photoshop Elements, and then uploaded the altered image to Picasa. In Round 2 we chose an image from Round 1 and worked on it and again uploaded it to Picasa. Rounds 3, 4 and 5 followed the same routine. We had instructions to avoid working on one particular person’s work and Liz gave us some pointers to follow such as to include text, circles, squares, the colour blue and to bear in mind the words transport, tropical, history etc. We made good use of the rickshaw of course and the windows and lanterns from the original image. It was nice to see the use of text and the subject lent itself to pattern making. Rickshaw Jenny and Rickshaw Lesley produced the most follow on images whereas Rickshaw Erica, Pat and Ros didn’t get off the starting block (must try harder!!). From the original image we produced 25 new designs.

I am attaching our starting image and my final image from Round 5. This had started originally as Jenny’s Rickshaw design and had been worked on by Jenny, Liz, Pat, Jenny again and then me. I struggled with Rounds 4 and 5 as the ideas in my head didn’t translate to the computer and in the back of my mind I was thinking “how would I make these into textiles”.

We start a new round of Choices in the new year. Watch this space!

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