29 June 2016

Viewpoints 9 Reveal


For the Text Challenge, my goal was to create a composition that resembles a page torn out of my sketchbook.  Normally I do most of my pre-quilt "sketching" on paper, in my head and on the computer. 
But this time, a piece of white fabric was my paper and I used it to plan my next quilt. Whatever I would have done on paper or in my head, I worked it out on this fabric.
Using a ruler I first mapped out a rectangle in Fibonacci's golden ratio, then added a spiral with red marker.  

From there I sketched out my design (in this case a Monarch caterpillar in the beginning stages of forming a cocoon) first in pencil then later with sharpie marker. I mapped out the color schemes and labelled it here as I would do on a paper pattern. Then I went about choosing the fabrics.

All the while, I made notes to myself about what this image means to me personally - how the caterpillar in a cocoon reminds me of the creative "hibernation" I've been in lately. Maybe the state of being dormant can be used as an opportunity to transition into something fresh and new.
So this piece is really a  physical object representing my thought process.

This isn't technically a quilt by standard definition. Although I may add stabilizer to the back, I didn't want to quilt it with 3 layers. To me, finishing it as a quilt would make it too precious, too substantial and planned out. I really wanted to keep it looking like a thin sheet of paper; something I can add notes to anytime, or rest my coffee mug on, or cross things out and add new ideas etc.  Like the caterpillar, it's not a beautiful thing yet. But it has all the potential.

So. Another update.  I'm on vacation! I'll be outa here until July 21st, soaking up some extra sleep, sunshine and tiny cups of espresso along the seashore.

08 June 2016


Wait... did I miss one?  Sorry about that.
OK moving on. This week has been all about spring (summer) cleaning.  The house, I mean.  For too long my room and studio have been full of random furniture, toys, laundry and other items that were stalled there in the process of being assembled, cleaned, donated, moved to another room or simply landed there because there was nowhere else to put them.

I'm not sure if other artists go through these kinds of phases, but I've been in a creative slump for a while. One thing that is a definite stumbling block for me -- disorder and chaos in my environment. When things are disorganized in my house I feel like my brain is disorganized too. ...Or maybe it's the other way around? Could be when my brain is chaos my house ends up in chaos. 
Chicken vs. Egg, whatever.  The point is, I needed to take some steps to break out of the creative slump and get my head in the right place again.  So I decided to work on my immediate environment, hoping it would clear some space in my life and in my creative brain.

So, again not much artwork was happening inside the studio.  I did however manage to make some progress on my Viewpoints 9 challenge.

I'm intrigued by the idea of balance and order, or at least recognizable pattern appearing out of apparent chaos.  I've been looking at the Fibonacci number series, phi, the Golden Ratio.

My goal is to create a composition that resembles a page torn out of my sketchbook.  Sketch drawings, notes, fabric swatches, along those lines.  Normally I do most of my pre-quilt "sketching" in my head or on Paintshop software.  So this piece will be a physical object representing my thought process. Taking disjointed, chaotic thoughts and organizing them into a coherent vision.