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Gallery of Dreams

This is an area rug I bought in an antique shop. It is not an antique, but I liked the style because it looked like woven roving. It is wool, and fringed.

I am in the planning stages of a painting/dying project for it, because I want a unique area rug for my living room. I have started collecting color/texture ideas, as well as pattern design ideas. I plan to translate the design via graph, but it will have a rustic mosaic look, in the end.

So I had this idea to recreate this rug to fit my style, colorwise and pattern wise. I have used it as it is, but I am not a very neutral person by nature, and it is boring. Because rug making is sort of a family craft via my grandma Daniels, I have tried to carry on the tradition in some way. It has taken much more “figuring” that I imagined! My mind is not as nimble as it used to be, and the process is slow.

However, I have not given up. I want to utilize the actual woven “squares” in the rug to implement a design that will be colorful and enriching to the living room environment. I have been researching pattern design from my Metis culture. This is usually bold florals on a black background. I hope to incorporate some aspect of this.

In addition, I have been collecting color/texture ideas via my Pinterest boards. The colors have to flow somehow, which may require a large amount of gradation. I am reminded of a color project I did in a college design class. Firsts for me will be using dye as paint and coming up with the best way to fix the color in/or the wool warp and weft. Instead of painting my number, it will be painting by square.

Design process:

  • Fiddle with color, gradation by printing out the photo of the rug ‘squares’ in B&W, and coloring with my pencils.
  • Continue to research the dying/painting process I need to implement.
  • Set up well-lit (full-spectrum) area in basement.
  • Think through the overall gestalt of edge and inner design areas, repeats, gradations.
  • Count all the ‘squares’ in the rug and make a graph paper template.
  • Finalize color choices and fill in the template.
  • Paint
  • Experiment on some large roving that I have.
  • Color/dye according to design.

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