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Monday
Mar302009

Square One

There is, of course, no one right way to approach creating a new design. There are several elements to consider, any one of which can be square one: the look, or visual impact, which is primarily expressed through color and structure; the feel, which comes from fiber and texture; the intended purpose, such as decorative, durable or wearable.

I sometimes start with a weave structure that interests me, such as shadow weave, twill, lace, etc. I’ll puzzle with placement of the structural elements, or blocks, and then play with the color arrangement, to find the best way to show off the structure. Other times I begin with the useful requirements of the cloth, such as sturdy upholstery or light, flowing summer shawl, and then find the fibers and structure that suit that purpose well.

For this project, however, it all started with the colors.

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I love the water, always have, and these water-colored yarns in silk and wool just jumped into my arms. I looked at them for a while on the cones, then cut off some lengths, draped and twisted them around each other to see how they interacted. I thought of waterfalls tumbling into a tropical pool. That’s what triggered the structure: undulating twill that cascades down over the fabric. The luxurious fibers are perfect for a scarf that is light, yet warm – the waterfall scarf.

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Monday
Mar232009

Welcome to Studio Tupla.com!

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We are very excited to share our work with you through the launch of this new website! You can see images and descriptions of our completed pieces in the "Our Work" section. Here in "Studio Notes", we'll describe what's happening behind the scenes in hopes of bringing our creative processes to life for you. If you have questions or comments about any of our work, or are interested in inviting any of these pieces into your home, we’d be delighted to hear from you.

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