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Small Works

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

These are some mini landscapes composed in freehand patchwork, a large group of which I did several years ago for an exhibition.  They were framed in fabric, hand quilted in a minimalist way (by this time between 6″ and 9″ dimensions)  then mounted on woven recycled newspaper mounts, which seemed like a good idea at the time.

A year or two back I removed those that hadn’t sold from their newspaper mounts and brought them back to Uruguay with me.  Well I tidied my workroom a couple of weeks ago, and in that process found them, and have since mislaid them again.  ‘The painters have been in…’   is my current excuse .  But wherever they are lurking, they have been somewhere in the forefront of my mind since a recent conversation about new work in general with Miguel at Galeria Los Caracoles; and so I am doing some new small pieces to be mounted in some way. I have ideas on that of course that do not involve newspaper in any form, and will try a couple out.  These small compositions are merely 5″-6″ across.  The first one I made I cropped out of the photo because by comparison it looked really crappy.  So now what you see as the left hand one is just ‘OK”,  and then the right hand one, the 3rd I made,  I feel is getting nearer the mark of where I want to be with this work:

Obviously, they are ‘tops’ only –  and so therefore WIPs, but for today I am content to continue on with these mini compositions and see what  develops further… getting my eye in you might say.   Black’s dramatic, ecru will be lovely and quite different, plus I have several lovely colours of some hand dyed fabrics that will be interesting borders, too.  However I present them finally, I will not be weaving mats of recycled newspaper on which to mount them !

One interesting thingI find is that whenever I re-visit older work, something new and a bit different emerges, and it is often surprising.

Planning -My Way

Saturday, April 17th, 2010

Quilters talk a lot about how they plan – and planning comes in different styles and levels of intensity, if that’s a phrase I can use here.  Many now use computer programs that manipulate photos,  draw lines and shapes, insert colour or fabrics,  putting together images to produce prints on fabric via home printers or printers in the university departments where they study/work  then do more processes (print, paint, machine and hand stitch, applique, cutting  holes, whatever) on top of that.  Others draw up large cartoons, cut each piece out and use these as patterns for areas in the piece they’re working on – an ancient, low tech, but tried and true way of developing a design.   Some keep photos, drawings, writings  and quotations all organised together in a visial diary, and I’ve seen some incredible albums that are themselves works of art.    And plenty of others keep little bits of paper floating around, backs of envelopes, paper serviettes, or tiny notebooks that tuck into their purses alongside the little digital camera.    This is more me – I always have at least a pencil and a scrap of paper if not an actual note book or camera with me.  Photos I download regularly, but the bits of paper… well, sometimes they turn up months later in a pocket or handbag I haven’t used in a while. 

Many years ago after recognising this weak link in the ideas chain, my son gave me for christmas or my birthday – they’re the same week – a fabric covered blank paged book about A4 size, urging me to keep my design ideas in it.  I have fairly consistently done so and now  it’s about 2/3 used, always in pencil so I can erase if necessary, which I don’t often do, as I think ideas should stand even if they aren’t quite ‘right’ in their form.  Occasionally I look back, finding the original ideas that led to particular quilts that sometimes I didn’t visualise as such at the time; so for example for each time I have been in Quilt National I can find the germs of those ideas there though the quilt doesn’t look like the original pencil ‘sketch’.   There are ideas I didn’t use at the time I noted them, but what I have diagrammed and written is enough to build on later.   Sometimes I go back and write a note on a page/diagram like “this led to Mission Beach , april 1995”   

Anyway, I thought I’d share something of the early design process as I know it, with these  two unrelated pages being fairly typical:

Hmm - it's been a while - this page goes back over 4 years.... and perhaps I didn't make quite enough notation to help me remember what the heck I was thinking about when I made these jottings! However, I did do them and one small piece did come from part of this page, and I think there are interesting ideas whether they bring back what was originally on my mind, or not! They're sort of short hand I understand. Diagrams and lists.

This work doesn't actually exist, but the notes are part of the shorthand about a lot of my recent work. My textile art is often designed on a grid base - that structure common to tradtional and non-traditional quiltanking, the zone if you like that I like to explore. My materieals are often anything but traditional - for example the Tracks series.

In another post some time I’ll relate a couple of diagrams to actual works, such as “Ora Banda” and “Mission Beach”  I’ll posssibly even show you the one wonderful drawing that I just cannot work out how on earth to put together!  I’m pretty good with piecing, even if I do say so myself – a line in my design book  is a seam waiting to happen – but this one has defeated me.  Stay tuned.

Scraps Breeding

Sunday, March 11th, 2007


…so here is the final scrap heap, including the slivers that found their way into the wasebasket – before I throw out anything a few of these will make their way back into the snippets collection -there’s after all a pretty fine line between slivers and strips, and one day I might just need one of them….

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Scraps breeding …

Sunday, March 11th, 2007

And, see, the two scraps from the earlier pic are right into it now, with all the rest o nthe table.

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Scraps – breeding clue

Sunday, March 11th, 2007

From this pic there is evidence of a partial explanation as to why my scraps “breed” – very often for the achievement of just an inch or two’s length I actually produce an inch or two of scrap strips, anyway!

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