New design celebrating 17 famous pilots
We are attending the Yealands Classic Fighters Omaka airshow in Blenheim, New Zealand, as our last big outdoor event before we transition to winter indoor markets, and their theme this year inspired me to revisit my old "aviatrices" design from back in the day.
My Phersu Dancing Aviatrix designs
While I was still operating as Phersu Dancing, one of the first designs that I drew myself to use in my jewellery was my aviator range.
Throughout the history of aviation, there have been names that stood out and have been remembered - and many of them were women! To celebrate this, I made a series of portraits which were available for purchase in the full range of glass jewellery.
I drew Amelia Earhart, Amy Johnson, Jean Batten, and Bessie Coleman, as well as the Red Baron.
It's times like these when you realise just how far you have come! My style has eveolved so much that, even if I could locate the originals, I simply couldn't re-use these drawings - it was time to start again.
Choosing my subjects
There are a staggering number of women who have contributed to the history of aviation and been recorded in the annals of history - and many more, certainly, who have not. I used this Wikipedia article as a starting point in my triage, then came across this useful list. I refined my shortlist even further, but I still had far too many options, far too many to draw, but I was having trouble deciding on my selection criteria. I decided to follow my colouring book format, and select 17 subjects.
Eventually, I narrowed it down to 17 women over the history of aviation, who made important contributions - and had good photos available , so that I could get a good sense of their faces. Here they are, in chronological order by date of birth.
Each of these designs is available on Redbubble, Spoonflower, and will soon be available in jewellery, scarves, and colouring books.
Hydrageas grow all along the front of our family bach property, near the Rakaia river mouth. I have always associated them with holidays, and found their colour changes, based on the soil ph, fascinating.
When we bought our new house, I found that we had white, blue, and pink hydrangeas in different parts of the property, all within a few dozens of metres of each other.
One day, I decided to photograph some of them, and draw them.
I was working long hours at the Wrought Pop-Up Boutique, so I brought printed photos and drew them. It was a really productive period for me, actually - so nice being back in the centre of town, surrounded by creativity and activity.
I think the most interesting part of the process, for me, was seeing how they are attached together to form the effect of large balls of petals.
And it looks pretty great in fat quarters and scarves!
And here it is, along with some of my other designs, made into liners by Fluff Mail.
You can order my hydrangea designs in three print sizes and a large range of print-on-demand fabric choices from Spoonflower - click on the button below to see the whole "Roadside Colour" collection!