Since my last post, we have finished painting the second bedroom, bought storage shelves, and I have my sewing studio functional once again. Yesterday I was able to do some sewing in my new space. While I was out of action, I had started reading the book Art Quilt Collage, by Deborah Boschert. I have felt I needed some knowledge (if not instructions) about design, composition, color generally. Now that I’ve joined a group of artists, I’ve felt the need to learn some of the language, which has always made me slightly uncomfortable. No harm seeing what other people have to say and this book is quite engaging. So, one exercise she proposes is to choose a fabric pallette, and then make quick fabric collage “sketches” of each of her Eight Design Guides.
So, I dug into my new Wall of Stash
What fun! Here I found a really interesting painterly abstract print by Alexander Henry, and a few coordinating pieces. I have a lot of black and white, and included a few of those prints for their graphic possibilities. When I looked at this collection I realized two things: One, I had stayed in my “safe” zone of very bright, bold, saturated colors, my choices were pretty matchy-matchy. And two, I really do need to challenge myself a bit on the color combos–(more on that theme later) except looking at this made me happy.
So, I proceeded with the Eight Design Guides exercise, and along the way I have produced the four more Made on Monday pieces I needed to catch up to NUMBER 52 this week, plus five more for good measure. And here they are:
MoM 49 – Not in Kansas
MoM 50 – Thirds + 1
Design Guide – Third Plus
MoM 51 – No Man’s Land
Design Guide – One Amazing Line
DRUM ROLL PLEASE!
MoM 52 – Sailors Take Warning
Design Guide – Modular – Except I took extreme liberties with the concept of a “stack of shapes”. When I saw this background, I just knew what the image had to be.
MoM 53 – Maybe I’m a Maze
Design Guide – Dancing Grid
MoM 54 – Nosegay from Outer Space
Design Guide – Magic Three
Mom 55 – Right and Other Angles
No design guide. Just symmetrical.
MoM 56 – Symmetrical, Not
Design Guide – Symmetrical
MoM 57 – Going Off Grid
Design Guide – Grid
Now, I may want to continue on with the Made on Monday commitment, since I’ve got myself all the way ahead into the new year, in terms of Mondays.
If not, I have learned a lot from making and keeping this commitment for the past year. I have made some new online friends, the other artists participating in MoM. I have learned what it takes to keep to the task, and how much I can learn by persisting. It has given me an opportunity, even an obligation, to try things I have not done before. We’ve had our work and words published in magazines and we communicate regularly through the Textile Arts Facebook page. And of course there is Kate Bridger, herself, whose idea it all was in the first place, and who has provided constant support and encouragement. If you have not visited Kate’s page, please do. She is a talented textile artist, writer and source of lots of inspiration, and a kind and gracious person to boot.
And thank you for visiting!