My latest project is a rather unusual commission from a biotechnology company called Syngenta. According to their website, the company's purpose is "Bringing plant potential to life. Through world-class science, global reach and commitment to our customers we help to increase crop productivity, protect the environment and improve health and quality of life." Now that's the kind of corporation I like working with! Someone who had seen my work at the Lazy Daze Festival a couple of weeks ago came up with the idea of using a piece of silk art to recognize 40 people who had worked on a project called SyLK (Syngenta Lead Knowledge database), an application that was developed to aid scientists in their genetic research to improve crop yields worldwide.
The idea was for me to create a 10" x 16" painting related to the SyLK logo, which depicts a strand of DNA (the logo is at the bottom of this post). I'd also include one of the plants that the group worked on.
40 prints will be made of the finished painting, and each one will bear a person's name and a thank-you message. I'll then cut up the original painting into forty 2" squares and attach a silk square to each print. Interesting concept, huh?
First step - the DNA strand, drawn with resist. The green blotch in the lower left is for me to sign my name in resist over, so it'll be light green and not white when the resist is removed.
Second step - background. The logo's background goes from a flat dark green to white, but we agreed that I should put a little texture in the green and have it fade to a golden-yellow, which is one of the company colors. I decided to use wheat as the plant, so adding that is the next step.
Hope you enjoyed peeking over my shoulder today - come back to see the finished piece!