Three hours in Seville

If you ever see Seville, you will realise what a beautiful city it is. I have seen this city twice before, when the temperatures have not been in the high 30s and low 40s, hence the flying visit.

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The city is full of Moorish history, and you can see it in its architecture. The palace in Seville, the Alcazar, is a great example of this with its arches and courtyards.

It is a great place of inspiration, especially for Textiles, as a pattern is a primary part of the decoration. I love the tessellation and the geometric aspect of the designs and perhaps this could be turned into some kind of printing, maybe using lino or silk screen printing.

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Some of the colours used in the tiles are beautiful vivid blues, turmeric yellows and lush greens. I would like to use the geometric pattern and then use a more current colour palette with it such as grey, black and a bright pop of colour, or pastel colours.

I love drawing buildings and this is the perfect example of what I love to draw. When I  draw buildings like this, I usually draw a light outline in pencil and then go over the top with watercolours. After this, I take a black fineliner pen and then add the detail of the building into it. This technique is great if you are thinking about turning your drawing into an appliqué or for a freehand embroidery.

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As for the rest of the city, it was very pretty due to the amount of the townhouses. I love the black railings on the balconies and the shutters on the windows. I love drawing this as it looks very detailed, however, it can look very two dimensional.

I took lots of inspiration from the Alcazar and Seville in general. I am going take this and make drawings, and then develop this into some freehand embroidery. Watch this space for updates!

 

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