Sketchbook Work

This is my starting image, from our recent trip to Ireland:

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Collage, image cut into strips

Collage, found papers

Collage, found papers

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Collage, image cut into random shapes

Watercolor, painted and rolled on

Watercolor, painted and rolled on

I like the last one best, but the others give me more ideas to work from in the samples I’m working on for the Fabric Manipulation section of the course. Especially when they’re all viewed at once:

IMG_2916 Describing the relationship between the arches and the view, framing was the obvious choice, but also limiting, revealing/concealing, focusing, obstructing. One of the themes I’ve chosen for my samples is Stacked & Layered, and my material is tulle. How, or even if these images will inform those samples, I’m not yet sure!

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I Don’t Know Where to Begin

It’s been two months since my last post, and that was titled ‘Catching Up’! So here I am, behind again, and so much ground to cover. Let’s work backwards, shall we?

Last Sunday, in Oxford, MD, the Bayside Quilter’s of the Eastern Shore held their semi-annual show. A Garden of Quilts showcased older quilts from private collections:

Sue Bonnet Sue variation circa 1930-40s Hand appliqué and embroidery, hand quilted. Collection of Catherine Spence.

Sue Bonnet Sue variation
circa 1930-40s
Hand appliqué and embroidery, hand quilted.
Collection of Catherine Spence.

Fox and Geese, circa 1880-90 Collection of Catherine Spence

Fox and Geese, circa 1880-90
Collection of Catherine Spence

The quilts displayed by the guild ranged from traditional to modern

Falling Triangles Ann Clayton

Falling Triangles
Ann Clayton

Love the scrolled stitching!

Love the scrolled stitching!

The B&W color scheme makes for a very striking quilt:

Zena's Quilt Gail Benjamin

Zena’s Quilt
Gail Benjamin

and included a few mixed media art quilts as well:

Time Jeanne Hechmer

Time
Jeanne Hechmer

Clever use of old watches

Clever use of old watches

This was my favorite, not only executed beautifully, but a clever design and visually so interesting:

Blue Print Nita Brayton

Blue Print
Nita Brayton

All in all, a lovely show. I think I had a very narrow view of what a constitutes a quilt, and seeing so many different examples definitely opened my eyes. Hard to say where craft ends and art begins. When does a quilt move from a textile for the home, to artwork to a mixed media piece? Is it defined by the design process? Even if a pattern (new or traditional) has been followed, there are still so many design choices, so much time and talent involved. The care with which these quilts were made was very evident. They all, even the ones that I didn’t care for, seemed like a form of art to me!

As someone who has never quilted, and has minimal sewing machine skills, I can’t explain why this came home with me:

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I blame the cute jar!