Week in Review 2019 – 07/26

Palette inspiration

I’m back! Back home after a 10 day vacation, back healthy after 14 days battling bronchitis, and most exciting of all, back working in the studio. Thus, I have something to share with you today, the start of a new artwork.

Background designed on EQ 8. I save hours of drafting time with this way.
Time to start a new artwork

I’ve written about starting new work in the past. It can feel like stepping off a cliff with no idea if there will be a safe landing below. All I can do is jump and hope for the best. It is a vulnerable place, especially, when one’s life, like mine, is an open book about my creative process. Will this piece be a bust, brilliant or balanced somewhere in the middle?

July/August Art Quilt Challenge
Fabrics are chosen for the foreground.

The impetus for the piece is the July/August Art Quilt Challenge. The edict is to create a piece based on the palette derived from commercial packaging. Palettes are carefully crafted by marketing departments to reel the consumer in. Not this consumer, at least not with the product sitting in my pantry. Further research became necessary to find an alluring, seductive scheme I would want to work with, as opposed to yellow and black or the patriotic colors that abound in my pantry. It wasn’t until I picked up on the colors of my Bath and Body Works body cream package, I knew I had my palette.

Serendipitous Eureka Moment!
The foreground will be the number of deaths over time due to the various phases of the opiod crisis. There will be a bit more, but those details and which colors to use for which pills are TBD.

Don’t you love those serendipitous moments when things come together? I had the palette, but was totally clueless on the topic/image/vision I wanted to showcase. Just as I stumbled upon the packaging, I basically tripped over the topic: the opiod crisis. It seems every time I read the news, listened to the news or even started my next audiobook, the opiod crisis was front and center. This got me thinking, what is so appealing about opioids people fall down the abyss of addiction? Imagine if opioids were marketed with a feminine, alluring, and seductive palette. Even if the evil was portrayed, could you tempt people to give opioids a try?

Time to move from theory to actual creation. The first background block is nearly finished.

Time to design and create Mother’s Little Helper!

I am linking up with Nina Marie’s Off the Wall Fridays.

By Gwyned Trefethen

I am an artist who uses fabric, thread and miscellany to create designs gifted to me by my imagination.


    1. That’s the point – a pretty quilt covering a less than pretty topic. I’m hoping to create some dramatic tension between the visual and the meaning.

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

    1. I’ve been told by others, they wish they could get inside my brain. What can I say? I’ve learned I can’t force connections, but I do need to see them when they are presented.

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