Segmented Designs 4

July 30th, 2016
NA pathway blog
Mosaic design – New Zealand, N.Is. somewhere.

It would come as no surprise to my regular readers that I have always loved segmented designs, though now it occurs to me perhaps you could categorise much patchwork as ‘a segmented design’ anyway.  Scrolling through some old pics looking for this particular pathway one,  I realised my Ebb&Flow quilts certainly are segmented designs too :segmented designs blog

So the recent exploration I’ve been doing with mosaic-like designs continues.  With an eye to the closing date for Quilt National entries in about a month’s time;  I have committed to participate in an exciting exhibition in the US next year ; and some time in 2017 will entries open for the next Art Quilt Australia – so over the past 3 months I have accumulated two 90cm x 120cm wall quilts of silver mylar on black, and a third of bits of metallic finished leathers sewn onto black.  mosaic possibly Land Mark #3 blog

If it’s not finished by monday, at least I’ll have some idea of when will be a sensible time to book my wonderful photographer Eduardo Baldizan to take pics of them.   These three works are the first reasonably large sized works I’ve been able to make since having both shoulder joints replaced over the past couple of years, and I have great hopes for them.

Watery Inspirations in the SAQA Small Quilt Auction

July 29th, 2016


I’ve frequently found inspiration in movement and patterns in water, and when I viewed the SAQA annual auction 12″  x 12″ mini-quilts donated by members this year, a pleasing number of interesting pieces reflect the same interest by their makers.

This week’s SAQA information email carries the following invitation to all lovers of quilts:  “Join in on the Benefit Auction excitement by creating your own Dream Collection of auction quilts!  YOU are invited to choose six Benefit Auction quilts that fit a favorite theme, curating a Dream Collection of your own. Get inspired by viewing the great selection of Benefit Auction quilts available then complete our submission form.”

So I filled out the information with a Dream Collection of works with watery inspiration, and you can find it and others on the SAQA auction website page by going to the left side of the page and following the link to Dream Collections – they’re always fun and interesting.

My offering this year just happens to be on the very first row, right hand end, of the page featuring all this year’s donations:

Mosaic 1 blog

Mosaic Pathway, 12″ x 12″ 2016.  SAQA Online Benefit Auction


From Sand Patterns To Land Marks

July 18th, 2016

I cropped this photo to remove boot prints, strengthened the shadows a bit, and then the patterns on this beach became sharper and easier to see. The removal of a scale reference made it possible to imagine this as an aerial view of a ridge across a desert landscape somewhere in one of the great deserts of the world …. the patterns are the same or at least similar enough – though the little bivalves trekking towards the retreating waves leave a nice line+blob pattern that doesn’t translate to anything you can imagine on the greater scale.

sand patterns to landmarks startsand patterns to landmarks

Early humans everywhere observed and recorded patterns from nature on various surfaces with a variety of tools, and on every continent except Antartica, in many cases these markings were made onto the actual landscape itself.  The Plains of Nazca in Peru, rocks in Azerbaijan, overhung caves and cliffs at Obiri Australia, and the Newspaper Rock USA,  are just a few of the countless markings on the landscape – or ‘land marks’ as I’m coming to think of them.   Even in very isolated areas many are under threat from human activity by people who no longer know how to read these patterns and don’t know their connection to to the lives and possibly the beliefs of the ancients who lived in the area very long ago.

It intrigues, but doesn’t surprise me, that many of these primal marks and patterns – circles, spirals,  triangles, squares, domes and other basic shapes, are endlessly combined into patterns associated with particular groups of people, and appear on their wooden, metal, fabric, ceramic, leather and other material artefacts.  These ideas are the theme of the first art quilts I made, my Ancient Expressions series, some of which appear in a gallery  of that name on this website.   These days I frequently doodle with ancient patterns, moving closer to combining them with the concept of landscape wearing down under natural forces.

landmark sampling 1 blogI doubt this 4″ x 6″  sample will lead directly to anything, though it represents certain thinking and exploring of ideas and materials  – especially this fabulous mock patent leather fabric I found last time I was browsing in Joanne’s in either Easton MD, Kansas City MO or Greeley CO during recent family visits we had up there.

  1. As you can see, it’s very hard to photograph! … but very dramatic.
  2. The nylon organza has been bonded onto it, and though seemingly impossible to lift now, I’m a bit concerned the edges might rub loose with wear, so that’s something else to consider.
  3. Silver metallic machine stitching works well to hold the edges down here, but I don’t like the effect.
  4. Metallic Sharpie pen dots work fine, wonderfully, excitingly, on the black, but they and the black pen give a disagreeably fuzzy line on the organza.
  5. So there’s a lot to think about.

I’ve always found making a small sample is the easiest and often quickest way to make discoveries. Handling a sample from time to time helps me think about its future potential, and this process needs time to clarify.  Even though I feel my next work might be of all natural fibre fabrics, I feel this ‘patent leather’ stuff or something similar may buzz around in my mind for a while, not unlike the silver mylar coated nylon that recently surfaced from the depths of my fabrics cupboard.

Browsing With Pinterest – Pompoms

July 11th, 2016

From my “no education is wasted department” today comes this amazing pompom idea, and I thank Sophie, writer of  the blog, The Things She Makes, for her kind permission to use this image –felt flower pompoms

This intrigued me so much that I clicked on the link to the blog to view the tutorial on how to make them.  Every step is so well set out and clear that I think I will never forget how to make one should the need arise.

In the same browsing session, probably the same page, my eye was caught by the image of a pompom of a tiger – looking amazingly tigerish.  I tracked this down to a very busy crochet and craft site, which features animal pompoms on this page    Take a minute to scroll down through the selection of recognisable animals and a group of birds sitting in a basket!  (I can hear a voice or two saying ‘Aren’t they adorable!’)  There are many more images here , including the tiger one photographed in someone’s hand – just scroll down a few rows depending on your browser.

Patterns On Mylar Silver

July 8th, 2016

The other day at my book club fellow reader Linda asked me what I had been doing lately, and when I answered I am working on a new wall quilt, her eyes lit up and you could see more questions forming about the design, the size, and so on.  She’s been to my exhibitions here, so has seen my work in the past.  When I answered the next couple of questions with ” Well, I’m using permanent marking pen on silver mylar to then cut into pieces and attach to a very shiny plastic-like fabric… ” she began to look puzzled, and I don’t blame her.  In the many hours I’ve spent so far I have wondered the same myself.

marking lines on silver - blog


In contrast Jackie, sitting on the other side of me, calmly said “I’d love to see it when you’re finished …”

I am very tempted to name this piece as Richard McVetis does some of his – using the total of hours and minutes spent to make it.  So far I guess I’m at around 25:25 perhaps – and only just getting started.  However it does fit with another group of recent quilts, and I think it will be named to be in that group.

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