I am keen on grid layouts featuring repeated units, the essence of traditional geometric patchwork, with which I had a brief involvement 1989-90 before venturing to designing my own original quilted fibre art. Some time in 2020 I focused on an image of squares and lines by Vera Molnar, widely recognised as a foremost pioneer of computer algorithm aided art known as generative art On seeing this image, I realised a square of paint or applique plus stitch could be a wonderful repeat unit for my textile art, and did the following two samples –
These turned out to be the beginning of an obsession really, and more or less in the order of their development, the following samples show how I’ve explored that idea in stitch+different materials. As I’ve written elsewhere, technique and materials can come together in unexpected and inspiring ways as a result of good teaching to students prepared to experiment to explore potential of what was learned. I myself am a keen experimenter, a maker of samples to see what happens when I follow an idea.
Who knows wherethis is leading…. I feel almost ready t just jump in and start a major work incorpoprating some of this – stacks, holographic fabric, perhaps some stencilling…. and think I’ll go for a walk to think about all this.