01 November 2015

New Work: Along the Lines of Jackson Pollock

For the latest Viewpoints 9 challenge, I was inspired by an American art movement, Abstract Expressionism, and one artist in particular: Jackson Pollock.

I took the information I gathered about Pollock (art history books, biographies, videos of the artist at work) and attempted to translate that sense of ACTION into fiber art.  While making the “Hummingbird” pieces in a previous challenge, I got a glimpse of that expressionist freedom and I felt compelled to push it further – and much MUCH larger.

I used yarns of different thicknesses that reminded me of the dripped-paint lines in Pollock’s work.  But once I started dripping the yarn onto the white canvas background, I stopped thinking about Pollock’s paintings or my own plans, or really much at all.  All I cared about was adding line after line after line, only occasionally wondering where the next scribble of color should go… until the field was nearly covered.

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The results are.. whatever they are.  But what was more important to me was the creative process itself. My approach was a mix of intuition, freestyle gestures and controlled composition.

I LOVE the effect of layers of lines on top of each other, creating a web of scribbles that fill my field of vision. Strands pulled out of a piece of gold foil fabric are mixed in with the yarn, adding little bits of reflected light.  As I stand and look at the gestures and movement of the lines, I can retrace my steps and re-live the wonderful experience of making this piece. This type of work is so unlike me (or my usual style) and yet I feel very deeply, personally connected to it.



Technical details: Whole cloth white cotton background, various yarn, metallic and rayon threads, fusible web, acrylic tulle; hand-guided machine quilting
Finished size 40”H x 52”W


  1. Beautiful work, all of it! I assume you covered your yarn piece in netting. Did you have any trouble getting it to stay in place?

    1. Thanks Norma! Under all the yarn, on top of white the whole cloth base layer, I added a layer of Mistyfuse. once all the yarn was added, I ironed it (using alum foil under my iron to protect it from glue). It kept some of the yarn in place but not all of it. I had to pin the netting on top of the piece and move it VERY CAREFULLY to get it quilted. I started with big meandering stitches to cover a large area, then worked the stitching into smaller and smaller meander patterns. Thanks for asking :-)


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