Friday, March 30, 2012
This is the first challenge I've actually completed and posted since joining the FFFC group. Took almost a year!
My inspiration was a photo that a friend of mine, Colin, took of three leaves on the hood of his car. When I saw the pic on Facebook, I asked if I could use the photo as inspiration for this challenge calling for high contrast. He agreed, and waited several months for me to actually make it!
This is the first art quilt I've done in a long time, and I like it.
It was made with raw silk and silk crepe, quilted with metallic silver and black thread and marked with silver paint pen.
I have always been interested in space, so now with all the breathtaking photos coming from Hubble, I knew exactly what I wanted to portray in my challenge piece. I chose M101, one of my favorite galaxies, but creating it was another story! I chose a marbled cotton overlayed with a "party" organza to simulate stars in space. Then I layered several cutouts of dryer sheets to achieve the general outline and glowing center of light. These I "feathered" to soften the lines, and finally overlayed them with teased white fuzzy yarn. VOILA! However, I realized that there was no way for me to "use" it or quilt it. One sneeze and the galaxy would be gone. Overlaying tulle, white or darker, would spoil the effect, so I just took a picture of it as is. Anyone have a suggestion as to how I might preserve this? Comments and suggestions more than welcome. LOVED doing this challenge, Susan, thank you.
Hand dyed silk, cut into small fragments and fused to create color gradations. The final measurement of this piece is only 6" x 8". After construction, I am not sure about adding stitching.
Great challenge. Comments welcome.
Monday, March 26, 2012
This is from a photo I took in Maine in late November. The sky was a translucent gold and gray. The actual quilt is gold metallic fabric, but will not translate in my picture...darn! The fabrics are all sheers, metallics, and lace netting with gold threads...no cotton in the whole piece. The trees are thread painted over antique gold metallic mesh.This was a wonderful challenge...finally got me out of my funk.
Thank you Susan for a thought provoking challenge!
Your comments are welcome!
Golden Sunrise, redone
Not happy with the quilted sky, I ripped it out. I was not happy with it when done. However, when someone commented on it, I knew I had to change it. Now it is tied with gold metallic thread in a circular pattern around the sun. I like this much better. Luckily, I have an ergonomic seam ripper. I've used it a lot. However, ripping our clear poly thread is the most difficult.
10" x 10"
This is my third try. I was really happy with it before quilting. I think the sun would have been better not quilted. What I really enjoy about all of these challenges [besides the challeng] is looking at all of the wonderful art references. I do remember a Turner titled 'Fire at Sea' or something resembling that. I could not find it online, but it is still in my mind after 20+ years. I think art is like that; it grips you and holds you.
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Fast Friday Fabric Challenge #67 Due: 3/31/2012
Turner’s Light Host: Susan Sleisinger
J.M.W.Turner's use of light and subtle color have fascinated me ever since I was a child and went on school holiday programmes at London's National and Tate galleries, so I chose him as the topic for this month's challenge.
John Mallford William Turner (1775-1851) was a romantic-era British painter known for his seascapes, and use of light as a dramatic element in his art.
Turner tended to use the sun or moon, his light source, as the centerpiece of his paintings and artistic language, and the paintings were developed around the light source. In his later works he often minimized the appearance of solid objects, using transparency, shimmering light and subtle colors to evoke a mood. By the end of his life, his main artistic focus was the effect of light. He was a precursor to the Impressionists. Monet is known to have studied his works.
The timing of this challenge is very auspicious for our British members as the National Gallery in London is holding an exhibition called Turner Inspired in the Light of Claude.
In his twenties, Turner is reported to have seen Claude's "Seaport with the Embarkation of the Queen of Sheba" and burst into tears because he feared he could never paint anything like that picture. Turner bequeathed much of his work and his sketchbook to Britain and insisted that two of his works be displayed alongside Claude's painting
Other examples of his works can be found by following the links at the end of http://www.artchive.com/artchive/T/turner.html and at http://tinyurl.com/83blec5
Contemporary artists influenced by Turner include Henrietta Stuart and Anne Stahl http://www.henriettastuart.com/ http://www.annestahl.com/paintings/
In the quilt world, Katie Pasquini sometimes uses his concept of transparency and light in works such as “Cheers" and "Friends" http://www.katiepm.com/quiltsale.html
British Quilter Pauline Barnes occasionally shows his influence in works such as "Rainbow" "Chichen Itza", and "Silence is Golden” http://www.paulinebarnesquilts.co.uk/
Eileen Doughty has made use of different types of light to draw in the viewer in "You can see the Tree for the Forest" and "Welcome Communication http://tinyurl.com/7y572mu http://tinyurl.com/7decwaz
Australian quilter Gloria Loughman also makes light integral in her quilt "Canopy". http://www.glorialoughman.com/
This month's challenge is to create a somewhat abstract seascape or landscape featuring a prominent, visible light source, subtle coloring and "misty realism" such as those displayed in Turner's "Margate from the Sea," "The Evening Star", and "Snowstorm"
fun playing with light now we are past the spring equinox. Susan
Friday, March 16, 2012
Posted by LindaMac for Patty Mayfield
Monday, March 05, 2012
Here's my entry, slightly late, needing a little straightening, ironing and quilting, but "done." I have never been a good one for following directions, so after reading the basic challenge and looking at some of the links, I just jumped in and started my own project, and only noticed this morning that you had actual directions and a step by step example! Oh well, I was really excited about jumping in because the challenge seemed to relate really well to a workshop I attended last week in which we worked on using line in compositions as well as working with color families and values.
I used the colors from Van Gogh’s Starry Night as my color inspiration.
My inspiration source for “line” was not a photo but generalized from the motif of repeated units, usually squares, containing lines. There are many abstract quilt artists who work with this idea, and I’ve always been intrigued by it, so I thought this was a good time to try it out. I first thought I would use curves to hint at the curving shapes in Starry Night, but realized I didn’t even know how to do straight lines yet! Maybe I can incorporate the curving lines in the quilting. Here are some links to a few art quilters who use lines that I was especially inspired by : Nelda Warkentin, Cory Volkert, Paula Kovarik, Catherine Whall Smith, and Lisa Call. I especially love the way Lisa Call treats lines in her work. I saw this piece at Quilt National last year and was spellbound by it. It’s hard to see in the photos but the light objects are done with quilted lines and the rest of the piece is very heavily quilted as well.
Looking forward to thoughts and comments. This was a fun learning experience for me, thanks Cynthia, for such a creative challenge idea!
Saturday, March 03, 2012
Fused pieces on black (to reflect the changes in elevation) are quilted and stitched at the same time with a narrow zig zag. I want to go back and do some detail lines in each segment for the topographic lines and will just do some background quilting in the black.
Great challenge, Cynthia! Comments of course are welcome and appreciated!
Friday, March 02, 2012
After reading the two comments, I went back and added a lot more thread work to my little quilt. Thanks for the comments---this IS much better.
This was a really exciting challenge for me, and I found myself pushing to try combinations that I wouldn't normally do.
I took this picture used for the lines in my piece while on vacation last year. I loved the texture and the strong architectural lines along with the starkness of the color scheme.
Just a few blocks away, I took
I found it really challenging to try to incorporate the bright reds and greens into the strong lines from the other photo. This piece became much more abstract than my usual work although I tried to incorporate much of the feel of the original photo, it is also greatly changed. The mortar for the bricks and the stones is actually a sage green tone, although against the brighter colors it appears to be gray. The quilting is done in a very fine thread in the same sage green as the mortar. It is intended to simply emphasize the textural difference between the bricks and stones and the mortar.
I would welcome your comments, including where I may have missed the mark or could have improved the concept. Thank you!