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Small Works

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

These are some mini landscapes composed in freehand patchwork, a large group of which I did several years ago for an exhibition.  They were framed in fabric, hand quilted in a minimalist way (by this time between 6″ and 9″ dimensions)  then mounted on woven recycled newspaper mounts, which seemed like a good idea at the time.

A year or two back I removed those that hadn’t sold from their newspaper mounts and brought them back to Uruguay with me.  Well I tidied my workroom a couple of weeks ago, and in that process found them, and have since mislaid them again.  ‘The painters have been in…’   is my current excuse .  But wherever they are lurking, they have been somewhere in the forefront of my mind since a recent conversation about new work in general with Miguel at Galeria Los Caracoles; and so I am doing some new small pieces to be mounted in some way. I have ideas on that of course that do not involve newspaper in any form, and will try a couple out.  These small compositions are merely 5″-6″ across.  The first one I made I cropped out of the photo because by comparison it looked really crappy.  So now what you see as the left hand one is just ‘OK”,  and then the right hand one, the 3rd I made,  I feel is getting nearer the mark of where I want to be with this work:

Obviously, they are ‘tops’ only –  and so therefore WIPs, but for today I am content to continue on with these mini compositions and see what  develops further… getting my eye in you might say.   Black’s dramatic, ecru will be lovely and quite different, plus I have several lovely colours of some hand dyed fabrics that will be interesting borders, too.  However I present them finally, I will not be weaving mats of recycled newspaper on which to mount them !

One interesting thingI find is that whenever I re-visit older work, something new and a bit different emerges, and it is often surprising.

Update – Ebb & Flow 14

Friday, March 6th, 2009

The latest , very new quilt in the Ebb & Flow series, #14,  I made specifically for a spot beside the dining table in our own home here in Montevideo.  For several years ‘Desert Wind’  (1995)  had been grabbing  visitors’ attention as they came in the door, but I decided I’d like to live for a while with something of my recent work in this series, which I love, and so I made a piece to go in this particular place.    I DID plan to get it finished before Christmas, but, well other things got in the way.  The whole room looks and feels very different, and although I have always said I don’t want to live amidst a gallery of my own works, I am happy to spend some peaceful time with this one.  I may  exhibit it here, but don’t have any plan other than to have it up on our wall, which is why I am not sticking to my usual rule of never showing a new piece until it has been seen in a juried exhibition somewhere.   And, of course I would part with it if someone wants to pay the price I have on it.

Ebb & Flow 14

March 29th  Thanks to my wonderful photographers here, Eduardo Baldizan, I now have a much more professional and colour-accurate image of this quilt.  Ooooops! it turned out huge – still, enjoy this while you can – I wmay come back later and downsize it .   Now that it has been up for a few weeks it is making me think , and some of your comments are thought provoking, too.  A gallery owner here wants some smaller works …and the Maelstrom quilt is also making me think about a few things …  but a bit of procrastination shortly as we hurtle off  to the sunday markets along Tristan Navaja which we haven’t done in a while.

New Work in Progress

Sunday, November 23rd, 2008

This will be a wide piece, at least 2m wide and probably about 1m – 1.25m high. A couple of years back I did a piece I called Lightstream, thinking as I was at the time how as white light passes through a prism it is divided into the rainbow bands of colour. This is a follow up I have been meaning to do for a while, and so it may bear the same name, Lightstream #2. But it is also very much in the style of the Ebb & Flow series. Who knows, I may not name it, as I intend for it to replace a will quilt that has been hanging in my own home for several years. (that one will be retired to a labelled cloth bag.)
As each vertical strip of fabric I am inserting strips into is about 25cm wide, I have at least 4 more to go, maybe 5. I want it to look light and lively, full of motion.

As with all my pieced quilts, this is truly a scrap quilt, more accurately a scrap bag quilt, since I have emptied the bag containing small almost useless size scraps, offcuts, of fabric onto the floor beside my machine, and am diving into that peridocially, putting buts and pieces together to form strips of chunks of colour usually no more than a couple of inches wide, max. As I use them the curvy bits tend to make one edge trail off into a sliver – so that bit comes off and I add something more to make it a useful length again. sometimes I divide up a unit and intersperse another colour, or some cream, which if used occasionally gives the impression of some wandering line suddenly coming to an end part way across the vertical panel.

As with any scrap quilt, it might all look random, haphazard and unplanned ( some would use’intuitive’ here) but once all the strips are pieced, they have to be placed in relation to each other, adjusting either up and down or in different relation to the right or left edge. Probably one or two will need to be pulled out and replaced with something else – a need that doesn’t become clear until later. For example, the rather long sinuous bright blue close to the centre of the photo is a bother now that I step back and look through the lens. I will either break it up with some other colours or replace it totally. Alternatively I might consider long bright blue pieces elsewhere, 2 or 4 more of them (the ikebana principle) I also might even add in more cream here and there, depending on how the final 8 or 9 look done. Light and dark clear and bright, large and small spaces, and ‘incomplete lines’ all need to be balanced in the final assembly. That means another 20 hours or so in the piecing stage I estimate, or in other words, it’s about half pieced.

While all this is going on I am considering glitter, if, which colour and where, and the quilting pattern. At the moment I favour machine quilting with a shiny cream rayon thread wandering randomly from left to right; and that too may change.

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