Thursday 23 September 2010
I'm wondering about whether to invest the money towards a Husqvana 'Megaquilter'/Pfaff Grandquilter/Janome 1600p sewing machine - good excuse to test drive them at Knit and Stitch at Ally Pally. If possible I'd like to do a trade in of my Bernina Vituosa 160 - I've got my Bernina Activa 125 for all the fancy stitches I need and workshops but could really do with a workhorse of a machine with a larger working area. I do love Berninas but the Bernina 820 is way, way beyond my budget.
Friday 17 September 2010
Another semi-mindless task was sorting through all fabric and scraps from the last few projects, folding them and putting them back in their colour baskets or classifying them by size and potential usefulness ( and there was me thinking I wasn't a taxonomist!)
I had a lot of wonky strips left over from the Tunisian Door which I decided to use for my September Journal Quilt, putting into fabric the ideas started in Elizabeth Barton's workshop of a distant photo placed over a detail/texture. Didn't put too much thought into it - like the flashes of pink that come through from the background fabric I used.
With the addition of an offcut leftover from 'thin blue line' quilt there were enough trimmings left after I'd cut it down to make another quilt, which I think I prefer. I like the results of being thrifty but how would I scale up and produce enough scraps of scraps?
Sunday 12 September 2010
This has been on my design wall, all layered up since February last year, when I did a whole series of journal quilts and paintings before carefully auditioning and choosing the fabrics.
Ian feels a personal connection to this piece , being based on walks we did together down the canal and wants it completed as it sums up a particular place and time ( and I suspect he also wants it for his office)
I've been so wrapped up in finishing quilts for particular exhibitions, challenges or shows that the design and painting courses I've done this August came at just the right time. Now is the time having digested them a bit to step back and think about what direction I want to take next.
So rather than consider entering challenges with looming deadlines to work to (like SAQA 'Beyond Comfort') perhaps it's time to plan longer term about what inspires me and what I want to achieve- proactive rather than reactive.
I like to have things at different stages and I want to work through getting away from a more photographic approach to a more abstracted one. Maybe it is time for the Weir.
Friday 3 September 2010
On day 2 we discussed the importance of tonal studies, not something I've done much of but potentially very useful. I only had time for one stab at it so not quite balanced but definately worth pursuing. It also came in handy for my painting course!
A useful part of Elizabeth's class was the the one-to -one attention and opportunity to get another opinion. As part of the selection of artists intepretation of doors I'd brought along this newspaper clipping about Prunella Clough. Following on from our'homework' looking at artists and quilters we admired, I was more able to articulate why I like this piece - the bright fine detail inserted on top of a looser , larger scale painting, the interest this generates.
Wednesday 1 September 2010
I am a quilter who loves colour. I have excellent colour memory, able to ‘carry’ a colour in my head like others remember tunes or phrases
I am a quilter who has always painted and drawn ( did art to ‘A’ level before studying botany at University. And no I don’t like doing botanical illustration).
I am a quilter who likes to use commercial fabrics (African , Japanese) in new ways and to honour and ‘repurpose’ old textiles.
I am a quilter who likes to alter surface of cloth with stitch and paint with acrylic.
I am a quilter who has been quilting for over 30 years and have developed through experience a clear sense of what I want to achieve and how I’m doing (I’m my own sternest critic)
I am a quilter who as a professional scientist, works on quilts in an efficient and methodical way but inquisitive and experimental, always questioning ‘what if?’
Enjoys the process and problem-solving as much as the finished piece of work .
I am a quilter who blogs , and has found the process a useful tool to explore, explain and analyse ( as well as making many ‘cyber friends’ whose opinion I appreciate)
I am a quilter who has made over 200 small ‘journal’ quilts , experimenting with new techniques but prefers to work on a larger scale. I am a quilter who admires quilts of Edrica Hews, Jo Budd, Dorothy Caldwell, Pauline Burbidge, Elizabeth Brimelow, Deidre Adams, Elizabeth Barton for imagery, use of fabrics and colour , for stitch as mark-making
I am a quilter who is inspired by artwork, going to art galleries and exhibitions as frequently as possible. Current preferences : Ian McKeever, Barbara Rae, Victor Pasmore, Mark Rothko, Gerhard Richter, Nicholas de Stael, Sean Scully, Anselm Kiefer. Perennial favourites : Paul Klee, Pierre Bonnard. What unites most of these is colour and interpretation of landscape in abstract terms.
I am a quilter.