Ladies I am almost embarassed to post this NUMBER peice I did. This month I promise to clear out the cobwebs and do a fabulous SOLITUDE Please let me say I LOVE what Ive seen on our BLOG!!!! I am honored to be creating along with you!!!
This small quilt uses four panels printed on an inkjet printer -- a collage of type enlarged and tweaked though the computer. Although the text cannot be read, it still retains its quality of letters and letter forms. The abstract composition is, I think, full of movement and light -- the pastels and pixelated images make the text seem to dance across the surface.
Vivien and Gwen, suh reminders of the power of words and letters. As artists and partners in this venture, we express and feel pain and anger and fear etc through our work. Our hearts go out to you Vivien- a piece like a knife through our hearts. And, Gwen, the power of X! RED for danger, X for STOP! Adding to the power of art, the power of the written word. Text and texture. Can't wait to see the other interpretations. I've seen many fabric works with words, and sometimes they add something, sometimes not. Both of your pieces use the letters brilliantly.
Still exploring portraits. Steinbeck is one of my favorite authors. Adding the words lets everyone know who I am presenting. The background fabric suggested rows of books to me.
Without art and books there would be no refuge from reality
Red Ex is my LETTER contribution...and I still have moments of wanting to bleach words such as (E)xtra xtra, xpress, xcess, xtreme, xpress, xult!!! but it is finished with batik and commercial cottons, as well as threads and batt. I machine quilted and embellished and hand stitched with coton perle.
So... I'm looking forward to what's next- ladies...?
These past two months have been an emotional roller coaster for me and today, I find myself just a bit shy of having a complete piece. But I figured it was better to post my "almost there" piece, than not at all.
This piece is called "Empty Promises" in response to some of the disheartening behavior I've witnessed this past month that's very negatively impacted one of my children. I really do not like it when people say one thing but do the very opposite, especially to the detriment of a child. I originally wanted to make the background black to match my mood, but I've already posted a black piece and I don't want to be a kill-joy. So instead, I made this one out of a purple batik that, surprisingly, I really like. I hope you can see that all the letters have been cut out. The letter theme allowed me to put into writing exactly how I felt.
Because of all the "stuff" going in my life I didn't get as far along on this as I would have liked; I still have to finish the insides of all the letters and add the binding. I think I'm going to paint the insides to prevent fraying. All this is going to take me longer than I have today, hence the "almost there" descriptor. Though it's not finished, I like this piece and I look forward to completing it. I have lots of ideas percolating as a result of my work on this one.