After visiting Annabelle's farmyard and meeting her Charolais cattle, in particular heifer 'Little Darlin', I was looking forward to getting back into the studio to start creating some designs from some of the pictures I had taken. In the back of my mind I felt this could be a little bit of a challenge purely because Charolais are white!
A couple of pencil sketches I did from pictures I took of Little Darlin.
As the Charolais are white, I knew it was going to be quite a limited colour palette. I managed to keep the printing quite tonal by layering up the stamps to create a little more impact. Here are the final prints which I created after visiting Annabelle and her cattle. I loved the gentle giant character of the Charolais and hope that I have been able to portray their quiet, good nature through my designs.
A huge thank you to Annabelle for letting me spend the afternoon at her farmyard and keep an eye out for whose farm gate I will be looking over next!
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I am Izzi, farmer’s daughter and textile designer at IzziRainey. If I am not designing or sewing you will find me out in the farmyard with my cattle. I am constantly seeking inspiration for my prints, not that I have to look very far. Growing up on the farm, I have always been influenced by my surroundings and this combined with my passion for farming is what inspires my designs. I love spending time on the farm but I also enjoy learning about other people’s animals, passions and stories, which are also influential to my design process. I hope you enjoy reading ‘Over the Farm Gate’