Posts Tagged ‘working in a series’

Lines – Seams Just Waiting to Happen 2

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

 

THE  most basic knitting stitch and probably the first one learned by everyone is garter stitch.

knitting garter stitch blog

 

lines garter st blog

In a recent post,  the first of several on this theme, I showed how the lines in a newspaper ad featuring  part of head and shoulders of a man wearing a heavy knitted sweater inspired one of my wall quilts.  Since I made Waterweave twenty years ago, I’ve had it lurking in the back of my mind that garter stitch is a wonderful pattern  of line and shape to explore,.  I can’t think why its taken so long, but perhaps I needed to make the Bungle Bungles quilts for this notion to move forward again.  So I’m going to take time today to play with this basic linear pattern and see where it might lead.

While posting this garter stitch diagram, I remembered my first art quilt, Ancient Expressions 1   I cropped this segment from what back in 1988 was an excellent quality 35mm slide image, so its a bit grainy.  I’ve always had my work photographed using a good photographer using the best technology available at the time, but the quilt sold from the 1989 exhibition “Expressions in Quilting ” so I’ve never been able to have it re-photographed in digital format.

 

Ancient Expressions 1 pattern detail blog

On the horizontal bands of AE 1, I used linear quilting patterns from drawings I found in  a book on the ancient Anasazi people of  America’s Southwest.  We lived in Denver for a yew years in the late ’80s, and came to know that region of the USA well, including the wonderful petroglyphic sites, ancient village ruins and some of the history of the now disappeared Anasazi people.  Almost without thinking I used characteristic patterns and imagery from the Southwest in that series of quilts,  just like everyone else did and still does.  Patterns developed in different cultures and regions of the world for are found on rock, ceramic, metal, wood, leather and fabric surfaces.  They have much in common, and we recognise them as man-made marks even if no one around today is absolutely sure of their significance.  But bearing in mind the issue of cultural misappropriation, today I might not make some of that series in quite the same way. Anyway, looking back over a couple of decades, I see that appealing arc shape repeatedly popping up in my work in various ways.

As I’ve said before – a line is a seam waiting to happen.

Tetrahedrons, Continued…

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

This one is almost ready to sew up and I  thought I’d document a couple of steps with pics –

inside a tetrahedron blog

1) Showing the back/inside of the structure, where knots anchor the thread as it goes to the front.

black stitching blog

2)  Three of the triangles sewn together to provide the one working surface.

black and white ready to sew up blog

3)  When the stitching is finished, the final side seam is closed and the base sewn on.

I have done several now, and am enjoying making them.  In the next group I will do surface design before covering the template pieces, to see how that goes – probably some combination of paint and stitch – ideas for which are coming far faster than my ability to make them!  I may have some thinner batting somewhere and may replace batting with a couple of layers of cotton fabric – I learn something or tweak a detail on each one, but this is probably the last how-to on them, though  I have no idea where this 3D quilted textile art will go from here.

 

 

3D Covered Objects -Tetrahedrons

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

Yesterday I began covering enough equilateral triangles to make 4 tetrahedrons, and I just finished #16 this afternoon. As I tidied the work area gathering up the threads and snippets, I heaped the triangles into a neat pile,  and it struck me how much these cream triangles looked like sandwiches or cut bread!  So I set them on a plate for a pic or two – Tetrahedron sandwiches 2 blog

Starting from the lower RH corner, the next pic shows template plastic with cream fabric machine sewn to one side and trimmed;  heat activated batting triangles glued to triangular shapes of cream fabric; and finally the edges hand sewn in place all round a triangle shape.

Tetrahedrons sandwiches blog

So if you want to try them yourself, you have all the knowledge you need, except to practice slip stitching the edges together in such a way that very little stitching shows – use matching thread+skill.  OR one could make the stitching up each join part of the surface decoration.

Endless Horizon – Lisa Call Exhibition

Sunday, November 1st, 2015

Early last month while visiting our daughter in northern Colorado, I enjoyed a gallery hopping day in Denver with friend Regina Benson of whom more in another post, as her latest textile exhibition was one of those I visited.

It really was a pleasure to see a collection of recent work at Spark Gallery, Denver, by Lisa Call titled Endless Horizon: 14000 feet to Sea Level   I have long admired Lisa’s quilted textile art since first encountering Structures #11 in Quilt National 2003.  Since then the output of this prolific artist has grown, developing signature elements which many have tried to copy.  These elements however go far deeper than her technique of heavily machine quilting improvisational pieced designs using hand dyed fabrics.  The rest comes from her approach to design and working in series, which can be explored by visiting her comprehensive website www.lisacall.com  

Lisa Call horizons show2 blog

This group of 12″ x 12″ pieces, lifted from Lisa’s own blogpost, is of one group of works subtitled ‘Changing Perspective|Seeing Forever’ and really, for me this group sums up the theme of the whole exhibition.  Lisa’s life has undergone much change in the past year, with new perspectives coming from travel and a new personal relationship that influenced her to leave her home in the foothills of the Colorado Rockies to live in New Zealand’s North Island. There, one is never far from ocean views and influence of the surrounding sea. Gazing out to sea or at a line of distant mountaintops is a meaningful experience in either location.    These life changes are reflected in new and strong expressions of landscape colour, even in such small works achieving a sense of looking through vast distance to the horizon, something new in Lisa Call’s art.

There were other, larger, pieces in the 40″ – 20″ range, mostly vertical panels, presenting groups of related sets of abstract compositions in colours observed in several particular named NZ locations.  It was interesting to see her hand painted small landscape studies from which she developed the works.  I think the act of actually sketching and painting them brought her deeper knowledge of her subject from which she was able to conceive and execute these successful pieces.

 

The Tighter The Curve The Trickier …

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

The Bungle Bungles series moves along.  I’ve started another one this week, to be 2.25m x approx 1m, destined for a particular wall in our house, which currently features either Ebb&Flow 15 or Timetracks 15 , which I rotate every couple of months.

If you’ve been following my posts you’ll know that this series involves a lot of setting curved shapes into background fabric.  This early one, called ‘Dreamtracks’ is a good example – the shapes are very small; when you consider this is a 30 cm square quilt, those patches are about 2cm – 4cm across.   Actually I don’t think quilted things this small deserve the moniker ‘quilt’, but this one is currently showing in a collection of 30cm quilts being seen in Australia, The Kimberley Dreaming Collection – I’m not sure where it is right now, but Dale Rollerson or Elizabeth Dubbelde will know 🙂

Dreamtracks Kimberley Dreaming entry copy blog

 

The smaller and tighter the curve, the more pins I need to keep the cut edges of the shapes together for sewing!  With the machine sewing very slowly, my right hand darts back and forth, pulling pins and pushing them into the pin cushion centimeters away, just out of the range of this photo.  Like a lot of  really improvisational piecing, it’s very painstaking, but worth it, imho; and made a bit easier with the machine located in a well constructed in the  sewing table by our friend Dennis, so that the machine bed is mol level with the table top.

the tighter the curve the trickier!

 

 

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