Looking Back

Planning my next work, I am keen to re-visit sheer fabric but of course don’t want to copy what anyone else is doing. While I am mulling over ideas and their relevance to what I am doing, it can be helpful to look to back to be reminded about something that was on my mind a while back.

UL and LR are works I did in 2004. They followed a workshop late in 2003 with Chungie Lee who taught a class on Korean Pojagi I attended at fibersWest in W.Australia. She of course showed us how fabrics are pieced in the several traditional ways, and these works were done with folded over seaming, the name of which I forget, but it is rather like double lap felled seams. On reflection I now understand one of the reasons I did not continue with this development, which is that this is too much pojagi and not enough Alison. I am now sure I don’t want to continue with the rigid seaming, but I am very interested in ‘sheers’ per se, and am thinking of ways to incorporate them into my current themes. For one thing, sheers can be used to give the illusion of something misty, the passage of time, or perhaps a sense of distance. If I am clever enough to do that.

UR is a close up of one of the squares in the work below it, and LL has actually no sheer fabric at all, it’s a detail of Ebb & Flow 2, and part of where my thinking is just now. I love the basic geometric shapes, squares and triangles which predominate in traditional quilt designs, and well, I can feel some triangles coming on. And some sheers. And some glitter.

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2 Responses to “Looking Back”

  1. Mai-Britt says:

    Hello Alison – saw your comment in the SAQA forum and decided to have a look at you blog – it is excellent and I have now added it to the blogs I read on a regular basis.

    I only started blogging myself less than two month ago and I just love it.


  2. Linda Teddlie Minton says:

    Alison, I’m working with sheers right now too, and it’s interesting to go back and look at earlier interpretations of our own (and others’) work in that regard. I love your simple (but never simplistic) lines …

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