What Inspires You?
What inspires you? This is a question artists are asked. Therefore, it pays to have your elevator speech prepared to answer. I am inspired with a question, what would happen if…? Art for me is a constant state of exploration and experimentation. I use what I have gleaned over the years and stretch, topple, reinvent and combine it. This way I am never bored. There is always something new to delve into.
Trying a New Technique
Last week the flower with bee wasn’t quite finished. The bee still needed its wings. I’ve done my share of thread painting. I knew that would be a good way to handle the wings, but how could I achieve the transparency, luminescence and delicate veins of the wings? Thread painting requires structure to be sure the stitching doesn’t bunch up the fabric. I also need a pattern to follow as I stitch in order to get the proportions correct. What would happen if I created the wings from the backside using just Whisper-lite for stability, Solvy for more stability and some fun transparent, iridescent fabric? What do you think?
What happens when you combine blocks? OK, 36 years of making quilts, I know the answer to this one, but I never tire of the secondary designs. Love how the yellow scrappy blocks I made in March for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge combine to create an octagonal feel.
Designing A New Quilt
Remember Bat Sh*t Crazy? Sometimes what would happen if thinking leads me to visualize and try out a several designs before I settle on one. I have decided to take a completely different approach. I got there from the title. Why depict Putin as a vampire? Instead what would happen if he appears as a bat flying over Kiev? Next thing I knew I was in research and design mode.
I’m really looking forward to finding out what will happen if I both follow and intuitively modify this plan. It is one thing to design a pattern, quite another to interpret and create it.
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