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Peruvian Project

The colours of Peru are saturating my mind at the moment, and it’s making me long to travel. I’ll have to think of a cunning plan to get back to The Sacred Valley one day, but for now I’ll have to daydream!

© Stephanie Boon, Dawn Chorus Studio, 2013. The Andes from the Inca Trail silhouetted against the breaking dawn.

Andean sky

In the picture above dawn was breaking on the Inca Trail and it was one of those perfect moments watching the clouds tumble through the peaks. I remember feeling part of everything, just a tiny part. Romantic.

Since I last posted about the beginnings of this project, I’ve been gathering. Gathering pictures, possible fabrics, gathering memories. I reread a travel diary I wrote and so much came flooding back: “…seeing the glorious colours of the pantile roofs and adobe bricks was like looking down on a palette of ‘mother earth’. I felt a deep sense that I was coming to the right place, where I could truly appreciate the colours I love so much…”.

I think it’s always been my favourite colour palette; oranges and reds make me feel alive, they’re just so exciting! You can imagine how I feel gathering fabrics then, haha!!  I don’t have plans to use any specific ones as yet, I’m just picking out things that are from the right palette. I know I don’t want too much in the way of pattern though; I want to create pattern with shapes. At the moment I’m toying with the idea of just using woven fabrics, like shot cottons and stripes, but I think it might be a bit restrictive – mostly because I can’t justify buying more fabric, so will have to use what I’ve got or can get hold of without spending a fortune!

Playing with a fabric colour palette. © Stephanie Boon, Dawn Chorus Studio, 2013

Gathering fabrics for ideas

Playing with a fabric colour palette. © Stephanie Boon, Dawn Chorus Studio, 2013

With black, which you see so often in Peruvian textiles

I’ve also been adding a bit to my notebook, including copies of photos that I took on the trek with notes


My notebook

and a couple of stuck in pastels of patterns that I made after looking at some of the photos. Nothing specific, just playing. It’s a shame I started in a notebook really and not a sketchbook. The pages are very thin, so you can’t really paint or draw directly onto them…so gluing it is!

Pastel drawing inspired by colours of Peru. © Stephanie Boon, Dawn Chorus Studio, 2013

Inspiring colours

One other thing I’ve done, that I’ve not used for a project before, is create a board on Pinterest where I can collect all sorts of imagery and things that catch my eye. Have you ever done this, for a specific project I mean?  What did you think, did it help? I normally like to be able to touch things, draw and paint on top or cut them up, so it’ll be interesting to see how this works. At the moment it’s like being able to flick through a great book, just to fill me with a sense of place. Very satisfying! Check out the board by clicking on the image below. And if you’ve ever used Pinterest for inspiration for a specific project why not leave a link in the comments so we can see what inspires you?


Back soon with some quilty goodness 🙂

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