This is the working draft of the next color blocking quilt. I think I'm going nuts but I can't find the artist in any of my notes. I thought it was Bussamente but can't find him anywhere. Guess I'll have to dig out some of the scraps of paper that I write things on. This artist was a professor at Harvard and started painting after retiring. I know I didn't make this stuff up because I have the sketches and rough drafts. He worked in primary colors and used math to figure out the angles. This will teach me to put my documentation all in one place.
I've found myself hitting the wall on art quilt projects. Lots of ideas but very little inspiration coming or enthusiasm. I think the heat and drought of this past year drained all creativity from me. So I did what I always do, go back to the basics! I have this ridiculous desire to go back and review my geometry books. It was my favorite subject in school, besides goofing off. Modern artists have always fascinated me so I decided to try and figure out how they came up with their ideas. This simple looking quilt (62x62) took over a week to work out the proportions and the look of a Piet Mondrian work without just copying one of his. I had no idea that he and Bussamente (my next project) were mathematicians who became artists when they retired. They used their math backgrounds to develop their subject and then experimented with how color played off each other and effected mood. I love this piece. The orientation in the photo is incorrect. The long green strip on the right should be at the bottom. I also picked up a great book called Sacred Geometry. Lots of ideas in that one and it makes me look at everything as a geometric equation.
Our group quilt was juried into IQA's World of Beauty. It is always such an honor to be chosen to exhibit at this incredible show. Each Oct. about 65,000 people travel from all over the world to see an amazing exhibit of quilts, take classes from world renowned teachers in all disciplines and shop. For those of you who have never been, we're talking the entire convention center in Houston, TX is full, all levels of the building! For those of us who put ourselves in that precarious spot of submitting a piece for the show and wondering if we've managed to make a piece that attracts the jurist(s), it's a long wait from submission to getting the "envelope". (now an email)
How we got here. In May of 2010 I took my mom on a "road trip" to visit Frances Holliday Alford in Grafton, VT. Since my mom is a Master Gardener we decided to visit Longwood Gardens in PA. I decided to take photos of flowers that represented my art quilt group friends. So driven by the idea that was in my mind that on the return trip home from visiting Frances, we detoured back to the Gardens for another round of photos.
The Task. Each artist was given a selection of photos and was asked to interpret it in their style or even try something new. My only parameters were the size of the block and that each piece had to be finished.
In my mind's eye I was seeing individual flowers (person) beautiful alone but together supported by the trellis (each other) accomplishing and making an incredible garden (art).
Top L-R Connie Hudson (West Lake Hills), Cindy Henneke (Independence) Annie Smith (The Woodlands)
Middle L-R: Francis Holliday Alford (Grafton, VT & Austin), Leslie Jenison (San Antonio), Sherri Lipley McCauley (Lakeway)
Bottom L-R: Kathy York (Austin), Barbara Forrister (Austin), Suzan Engler (Panorama Village)
Kathy York was the catalyst for this project. She asked a number of us to be involved in making our very own artist house to later become an Artist Village. The paragraph below explains her ideas and how she got the rest of us involved. Please check it out.
Artist Village Project Join us for a tour of our village!! We will be having a blog tour to show you the fiber art houses made by all the participating artists in our village. See the schedule below.
This project began last summer. I was inspired by Judy Perez and the 3D houses she had made. I thought it would be an interesting project to see how different artists would interpret the challenge to make a 3D house. And as I thought about the inspiration and support I have received from others, it seemed the perfect fit to make a collaborative project and build a village. It reminded me of the old adage..."it takes a village to raise a child". Each participant was asked to make a 3D fiber art house or houses using any techniques, but to include quilting in some aspect of their house. I asked participants to attempt to make a house that would fold flat for shipping, but slightly less than half of the houses fold flat. What can I say? Art doesn't conform well to rules. I personally was not able to make mine flat...it just didn't turn out that way! Please join us for a close up tour of the houses. Be prepared to be amazed and inspired by this wonderful collection of visual treats! Kathy p.s. Not all of our artists are bloggers. For the indicated artists below, the link will take you to their website to see their work!
This is the front of the finished house. The roof is felted with various yarns some of which I dyed to get the variation in color that I was wanting to see. When I was asked to participate in this project I was so excited. Then reality set in! How in the world do I do this and can I really make this work. A 3-D house with fabric and it's suppose to stand up by itself! A vision of a beautiful butterfly kept popping into my head and so I decided to draw and paint a butterfly. After scaling it out I worked on PDF cotton and used Stewart Gill paints to get the depth of colors that I wanted for my butterfly. I then knitted some very garish neon lime green yarn, cut it up added my hand dyed wool roving and felted them to make the grass that the butterfly has landed on. And this became my roof! Everything that came next was an afterthought! I loved the roof so much that I didn't want to finish the project....which is what happens to a lot of my stuff. But after procrastinating, I finally decided that the walls needed to be hand painted with windows and vines and little tiny flowers that have dimension that are totally out of scale with the butterfly. I still wanted that roof to be the only thing people noticed! After I turned it over to Kathy York I came up with so many other ways I could have made the walls....but too late. When I get it back I'm going to rework it, using the butterfly roof but take it to the next step in fantasy land!
A customer brought me a lonestar quilt to work on last week. I love how this one was done. It's a turtle! My favorite creature from the sea. She really did a nice job on the colors for this quilt. It is a 63x63 wall hanging for another friend's new grandson. The border has waves, the blue corners are bubbles, and the stars are curved connections.