Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Art Deco Birds

Not sure if this is Art Deco or Art Nouveau. I'll let you all decide. This measures about 15" x 19" and was a bright, fun way to depict my favorite subject, birds.

California Poster Art Deco

My California Poster is 18 x 24. I used fusing and just started with no particular plan in mind. I really love the art deco period with the truly graphic, clean, streamlined lines. I started with the pyramid and then added the palm tree and voila!!! it became a poster. I debated about putting Hollywood on the top but decided on California. The palm tree is black and gold fabrics with metallic top stitching. The subtle Golden Gate Bridge is there to state that California is NOT all Los Angeles and Hollywood.

I am looking forward to all of your pieces.  Thank you for letting me host this time.

Critiques are very welcome

Carol Tackett

Monday, May 30, 2011

SW art deco

In researching art deco style, I found a picture of three lanky models that I liked, and decided to change them into Navaho ladies so I could keep to the  southwest/ western theme that I enjoy.  This piece is 12 " x 12", with commercial fabrics.  In trying to keep it simple, I decorated with satin stitch using variegated thread. The main fabric colors represent adobe and the red rock of the southwest.  The costumes are geometric in keeping with the art deco style.
Comments welcome.

Art Deco vest

While looking for ideas I spotted a picture of a stained glass quilt done in an art deco way so I decided to try the technique on a vest. I appliqued the pieces on a black background, satin stitched the edges and lined the vest The pattern is one I made for this application. The front flap can be worn up or down. All comments are very welcome .

Pat Havey

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Art Deco Challenge

With the knowledge that I'm leaving on a trip on Thursday, I decided this would have to be a Frantic Fast Friday Fabric Challenge. So I read some of the descriptions and came up with key words-symmetry, curves, lines. I make a quick sketch on half of an 11 x 8/12 piece of paper, traced it on the other half and went searching for fabric. I came up with black silk from an old pair of silk pants, and gold, silver, and bronze lame. Then I decided to use some copper metal that I had for the circle. I fused the gold and silver lame, satin stitch the edges and stitched a straight line next to each one. The areas in between were stitched in black metallic thread. I put holes in the circle using a nail and hammer and attached the pendant. That may not be quite art deco, but it was the best I could do today and I think it adds to the circle. Since this was just a play piece, I just cut it to size and did not bind it. I enjoyed using the lame that I've had owned for years (and found a whole drawer of it that I had forgotten about!). This is a simple response to the challenge but I'm pleased with it and for actually getting it done.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Challenge 57 - Art Deco

The Roaring Twenties, Speakeasies, flappers, prohibition: These images bring to mind another lifestyle with very graphic memories. The Art Deco movement was at it's height. The design was evolved from the romantic Art Nouveau movement with its flowing curves and soft sculptural nature scenes.

Now we have the future. Interest in archeology was high, mathmatical designs were popular.

This challenge is based on the Art Deco Movement. Using either architecture, graphics, interior design, create a piece using high contrast and incorporating the feel of the 1920's Art Deco Style.

Above all......Have fun thinking about this different era.

Carol Tackett


Art Deco

from Wikipedia - Art Deco is an eclectic artistic and design style that began in Paris in the 1920s and flourished internationally throughout the 1930s, into the World War II era. The style influenced all areas of design, including architecture and interior design, industrial design, fashion and jewelry, as well as the visual arts such as painting, graphic arts and film. The term "art deco" was first used widely in 1966, after an exhibition in Paris, 'Les Années 25' sub-titled Art Deco, celebrating the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes that was the culmination of style moderne in Paris. At its best, Art Deco represented elegance, glamour, functionality and modernity.

Art Deco's linear symmetry was a distinct departure from the flowing asymmetrical organic curves of its predecessor style Art Nouveau; it embraced influences from many different styles of the early 20th century, including Neoclassical, Constructivism, Cubism, Modernism and Futurism and drew inspiration from ancient Egyptian and Aztec forms. Although many design movements have political or philosophical beginnings or intentions, Art Deco was purely decorative.

Art Deco experienced a decline in popularity during the late 1930s and early 1940s, but had a resurgence during the 1960s with the first book on the subject by Bevis Hillier in 1968 and later an exhibition organised by him in Minneapolis in 1971. It continued with the popularization of graphic design during the 1980s. Art Deco had a profound influence on many later artistic styles, such as Memphis and Pop art.

Architectural examples survive in many different locations worldwide, in countries as diverse as China (Shanghai), the UK, Latvia, Spain, Cuba, Mexico, Indonesia, the Philippines, Argentina, Poland, Austria, Germany, Russia, Romania, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, India, Brazil, Colombia and the United States. In New York, the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building and Rockefeller Center are among the largest and best-known examples of the style. Riga, Latvia, has the largest collection of Art Deco buildings in Europe

The structure of Art Deco is based on mathematical geometric shapes. It was widely considered to be an eclectic form of elegant and stylish modernism, being influenced by a variety of sources. The ability to travel and archaeological excavations during this time influenced artists and designers, integrating several elements from countries not their own. Among them were the arts of Africa, as well as historical styles such as Greco-Roman Classicism, and the art of Babylon, Assyria, Ancient Egypt, and Aztec Mexico.

Much of this could be attributed to the popular interest in archaeology during the 1920s (e.g., the tomb of Tutankhamun, Pompeii, Troy, etc.). Art Deco also used Machine Age and streamline technologies such as modern aviation, electric lighting, radio, ocean liners and skyscrapers for inspiration.[5] Streamline Moderne was the final interwar-period development, which most thoroughly manifests technology and has been rated by some commentators as a separate architectural style.

Art-deco design influences were expressed in the crystalline and faceted forms of decorative Cubism and Futurism. Other popular themes of Art Deco were trapezoidal, zigzagged, geometric, and jumbled shapes, which can be seen in many early works. Two great examples of these themes and styles are in Detroit, Michigan: the Fisher Building and the Guardian Building.













Saturday, May 14, 2011

Dolphin Dance

Dolphin Dance was really difficult for me to put into my head. I enjoy looking at the Artists work but possibly I was just under a lot of pressure and could not really get an idea. the fabric back ground is ice cube hand dyes cut into pices and layered.  The dolphins are fused to the background after doing the top quilting. Trying to find the rhythm of nature was not so easy this time but it was a good challenge for me. The piece measures 15 x 17.

Your comments are always really well received and I do keep them in mind. I think my biggest problem is doing the actual quilting to suggest motion.

Carol Tackett

Friday, May 13, 2011

Fern Reliefs for FFFC

This is my answer to the latest FFF challenge. Not sure if it really fills the bill. However, I really had trouble understanding the challenge, so this is what I came up with.

Like many of you, when I read a challenge, I get many ideas in my mind. This time I had a real block. After seeing some of the offerings, I got the idea for these ferns. I used real ferns, flour paste resist and then very close quilting.

Two Ferns, 11"x16"

Three Ferns, 11" x 16"

Comments are always appreciated.

Monday, May 09, 2011

Feather Your Nest

This is the revisit of this challenge. Finished quickly. this idea flashed through my mind exactly when
I saw the work of Mr. Goldsworthy. I had been playing around with the nest concept for years and have many "Nest" pieces. I love the space and the patterns of nests. Vessels to hold babes or ideas. This piece is random and planned at the same time. It was so much fun. Hopefully the three little ideas hatch with as much ease as their home was constructed. Thanks for the challenge.

Friday, May 06, 2011


Hi :) finally I've managed to do a challenge :)
Here's my piece: Seashells 01

It is a small framed quilt (9x6.5 quilt in a 11x8.5 frame).
To paint the background I've played with flour paste as resistant, then I've applayed spray fabric paint in green, blue and yellow. After a cure period I've removed the dry flour paste :)
Then I've added the 3 square shapes by brushing paintstik from a freezer-paper stancil to the fabric.
I've quilted (freehand) on the edges of the square shapes and on the perimeter then I've added seashells I picked up last autumn in Cesena (Adriatic sea).

Since I had a big piece of the background fabric I did a series, so I've got another quilt of this same size and 4 smaller quilts, all framed, all different :)

Comments are welcome :)

Monday, May 02, 2011

Rhythm of Nature

This is only 11-1/2" x 8" but I worked on it constantly all week. For the last two trees I was wishing that I had used a different technique with every stitch.

The trees were thread painted and the leaves were hand embroidered using single chain stitches.

I'm going to be sending it to Ami Simms for her Alzheimer's auctions or sales.