You know that scene in Tangled when Rapunzel and Flynn Rider are on the boat during the festival of lanterns and Disney, yet again in true-Disney fashion, inspires you and makes you feel like a kid again? Of course you do. Or, at least you do if you’ve ever seen the movie.
If not, here’s a 3 second recap to catch you up to speed:
Probably the best-loved scene in the movie.
Inspired by this scene I decided to approach the lantern imagery from a graphic stand point and reproduce it in a nontraditional medium. I wished to recreate a lantern in fiber, specifically embroidery.
This is what that process looked like:
- I began by creating a quick sketch with pen on white cotton.
- Then, I started filling in the colors with embroidery floss using hand embroidery.
- Next, I painted in the background with acrylic paint. This is what the piece looked like following one layer of paint, but thought this was too boring.
Rather then having a static background, I decided to add lanterns in the distance. This is how the piece ended up:
In the future I think it would be fun to sew my own lantern and use wire to make it three dimensional. I will have to keep you posted if and when I decide to try this out!