Someone commenting on my latest work said last week wrote “deconstructed circles are popular now”, and she’s right, they are appearing in more art quilts, though I’ve been using them on and off for some time. For someone who loves grids and works freehand the way I do, the deconstructed circle has great appeal as a design unit, as these two works in progress show: early stages in the construction of Maelstrom (2006) left, and Anna’s Quilt (2008) right respectively.
What new work? you might be wondering. True, it’s been a long time since I blogged, chiefly because I wasn’t creating (not even sewing hexagons) during a long illness late last year and the subsequent recovery period. But recently I’ve found mental+physical energy coinciding, and have begun exploring ideas that have been on my mind a while. I’ve keenly followed the the rise of the Modern Quilt Movement with light clear colours plus greys and white that are so appealing to many that they are even beginning to populate traditional designs. MQM’s website calls this overlap ‘modern traditionalism’, I just noticed. A favourite Uruguayan artist, Mario Giacoya uses wonderful greens and yellows with small amounts of other light bright colours in his many rural landscapes. A primary influence in my work is still landscape shapes, and earthy Australian colours, but I’m finding I’m wanting more ‘light’ and ‘bright’ in my work.
Although I’ve used the unit before, and am always happy with lines that don’t connect, I drew a diagram this time to emphasise that I’m thinking of some units having many lines of fabric in them, others few, one or possibly none, and I’m still mulling over that and will continue as the work proceeds. This sample has more in common with Maelstrom above as the arcs are segments of colour. My sample shows a complex set of them. These were a bit tedious to make, but I’ve been thinking about this too and will rationalise and synthesise what I learned in this sample making stage:
When sample making I normally just go as far as I need to learn something. But this one I finished and bound because I plan to hand it on as a gift, hence this documentation. I still have to think about
- hand v machine quilting ?
- any role for glitter here ?
- what about dots?
- And what a shame I only bought about 20cm of this wonderful striped fabric …