Posts Tagged ‘inspiration’

Experimenting and Learning Through Projects And Collaborations

Saturday, December 6th, 2014

On the Quiltart list this morning a member described a group project which in truth is better termed a collaboration.  Whatever you call it though – this project required identification of common goals and comittment to achieving them through a group-made art quilt.  What was missing from the post is any analysis of  how the idea came up, how the group came to decide to carry it out, and why – what the expectations of the group were to start with.  Clearly some dropped out because of technical challenges faced, and others didn’t drop out because of  loyalties they felt to the group.  Deeper examination before hand, though, might have meant the project didn’t happen at all and at least some of the group may not have learned what they did in the process.

Some of the real problems such projects can present are described in April’s words:  “We all learned quite a bit along the way as this piece was way outside the comfort zone of all of us. I think that the piece will be quite amazing when it is completed, but it has been quite a struggle seeing it to fruition. Some people dropped out as soon as things became difficult and challenging; and others stuck with it even though they had no real interest in the project, but they were reluctant to abandon the group. It has been an interesting example of group dynamics to say the least. But it doesn’t really matter, as we are all still close friends.”   You can visit the   April Sproule  post  to find out more about their project, and see pics of how it developed technically.   

In my early art quilt making days I belonged to a small SE Denver group we called “Quilt Explorations”, which we formed to explore non-traditional quiltmaking, and we focused on design in particular.  We often set ‘themes’ for monthly individual exploration, and participation was optional, so the results were truly individual, and varied depending on each person’s interest and drive, time available, etc. The most successful theme, where everyone was enthused to produce something, was based on the b/w picture of the front end of a gorgeous vintage car given to each of us by the member who suggested the exercise..  We each took some element from that photo on which to at least design a small quilt, even if  time was too short  to actually make it.  Everyone came back a month later with at least the design, most had started and some had completed a small quilt.  After 2 months we had a collection of  about 10 finished quilts.  At the next group exhibition these were all hung together to show the diversity of results  when people work from exactly the same initial image.  I don’t still have that photo, but found this image of the kind of pic we all received:vintage car - strip lighting 2 blog

 

In about 1991-2 I was in love with inserted straight strips, having not yet heard of life-transforming freehand or improvisational piecing which prompted the technical experiments to achieve the curvy inset strips characteristic of my 1992+ Colour Memories quilts.  With strips on my mind ,the headlights of the car caught my attention.  I produced this small wall quilt about  50cm sq.  I called ‘Strip Lighting’

 

Strip Lighting

 

We never did a group collaboration – I doubt anyone would have suggested it as were were all clearly set along our own paths when the group came together,  and such a project would have felt a diversion of dubious value from our individual goals. I have never been drawn to a collaborative project to produce a work / works of art, and maybe will explore this in a later post…. and perhaps I need to do some self examination on the matter first!

 

Look Forward to Resuming Work

Saturday, October 4th, 2014

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.

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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.

 

It Can Take A While For An Idea …

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

For some years  I’ve had on my pin board a little cutting of a full and detail view of a tapestry weaving by Scottish textile artist Sara Brennan   The image was for an ad in a magazine for a solo show at The Scottish Gallery Edinburgh, 2006.

Lines are important to me, as in ‘lines=seams’.  The importance of line in Sara Brennan’s landscape inspired work is because of  “the meetings (that) occur around a horizon”   Who knows why didn’t I research her work when I first found this picture, but I never took the little pic down, because it felt important for me to leave it there.    This morning, while doing something totally different I suddenly realized if I fused some sheer fabric over a seam it could have a slightly similar effect, with a lot of potential – and so I put together this little aide memoire of a sewn seam with sheer overlay, with the snippet from the pin board on the cream part of the photo.   How interesting that it has taken me all this time of occasionally glancing at that little pic to finally have a little light bulb switch on!.

Sara Brenna's horizon work blog

I don’t know the name of the piece above, or the one below.  When searching around for writing on her work I found very little, really, which is a bit disappointing.  But at least you can see more images of this beautiful, evocative work here.   

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Wool tapestry weaving from Sara Brennan.  I’m a fan.

Texture On The Beach

Friday, February 14th, 2014

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This morning as I was hunting for something totally different, I came across this pattern in the ‘Sand Patterns’ file I hadn’t looked at for a while, and wondered how on earth I could have forgotten about this stunning pic?  It’s not the Namib Desert from the air or something like that – it’s in the wet sand not far above the low tide line.  I normally take care to avoid including shoe prints in my pics of sand patterns, but they do provide a perspective, and in this case there is a faint shoeprint just above the LLH corner of the pic.   When I took it a couple of months back, I didn’t check to see which little creatures made those little lumps at the ends of those lines -and I’m just presuming either tiny molluscs or bivalves, but they may be little crabs, though I rarely see any crabs at all on the beach I usually go to.

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And these photos show what was behind the Tidelines group of quilts in the Golden Textures exhibition last year – in the upper RH panel of the collage is ‘Tidelines 10’

Sandlace – Free Form Lace Continued

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

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Some sample making continues for some ‘Sandlace’ works,  inspired by pics such as this one above.

  • Something I’ll do more is place one of the ‘lacey’ sections over some of my own freeform piecing/patchwork.
  • Another possibility is ditto over some much more muted fabrics,  closer to each other in colour and intensity.
  • Also to be explored are some texture printed backgrounds ….

 

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  •  I very much like raw edges, so this  is being explored, too.

 

 

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