Since shoulder joint surgery 4 weeks ago, I haven’t been able to do any quilting or sewing, but rehab’s going well, and it won’t be long before I am making some new work. First up will be finishing off one of the pieces for the Golden Textures exhibition in Wangaratta next February. I posted about this piece here . It’s about 3/4 done, and I hope my ‘hand’ doesn’t show up in stitch differences – my handwriting is far from recognizable at this stage! But every day brings new improvements so we’ll see.
The detail from a piece I did some years back includes many of the elements that I’m looking at combining – holes of course, glitter, needle woven stitchery and grid – one of the most enduring elements in my quilts. During this week I have looked at several artists whose works paintings, installations and sculptures are in linear or grid formats, and I have found my work has something in common with each of them: Alan Shields, Chuck Close, Carl Andre, Guillermo Kuitka, James Sienna, Julie S Graham, Sol LeWitt, Sean Scully and Agnes Martin, whose work I had known of for many years. Looking at images of their work and reading about each has given me some inspiration and urged me to think about my next moves. Roll on the day I can draw diagrams, use my cutter and scissors, sew at my machine, wield my iron, and make up some of my ideas.