Thursday, January 21, 2010

Challenge 41

FFFC Challenge #41 – January 2010 Hostess: Jan Johnson

Too often we get ‘stuck’ using certain colors in our work and our choices tell a lot about us. Think back to Rhoda’s December challenge and the meaning of the colors in advertising. This month we will be restricted to using only certain colors and subjects.

Color Scheme:
Primary Colors and their Complements
· Choose any 3 of the 6 primary and complementary colors. (Red, Blue, Yellow are primary, Green, Orange, and Purple are their complementary colors).
· Use a variety of values to achieve contrast and interest.
· Use their shades, tints, and tones. Shades are blackened hues, Tints are whitened hues and Tones are grayed hues. An example using Orange: the pure hue is the saturated intense Orange, the shade would be Rust, the tint would be Peach, and the tone would be Pumpkin.

Technique: Fracture
Create a series of lines that complement your subject and fracture or break up the surface creating additional shapes. Use fabrics rich in texture and/or pattern, combining solids, calicos, tie-dyes, small print, wild prints, satins, velveteens, etc.

· The Merriam-Webster’s definition of fracture is the act or process of breaking or the state of being broken.
· Try breaking up, or fracturing, your piece into 3 or more areas.
· Use the different colors in each area of fracture. Study how this will change the feeling of your piece and the vibrancy obtained by using just these 3 colors.
· Different patterned fabric will add to your piece.

Quilt Theme: Winged Things either Natural or Man-made
· Choose an animal, plant, or man-made object that possesses wings.
· Use all of the object or part of this object.

· Color values and intensity:
· Since mosaics were the first type of fractured art you can compare these to the following modern day fractured surface:
· Not textile art, but painted in a way that the entire piece is fractured:
· A master of fractured landscape quilts is Katie Pasquini Masopaust. Following are several of her fractured quilts that use pretty vibrant colors which use the fabric design to add texture to the different areas:
· Robbie Joy Eklow has also created several fractured quilts.
· These two artists also use fracture in their work to give a different dimension to their work:
· And of course, the original fractured art was of the Cubism school of art…Picasso, George Braque, Juan Gris, et al

Remember to have fun!

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