Friday, March 13, 2015

Do You Fall In Love With Certain Images In Your Art?

     Are there certain parts of your artworks that you become enamored with? Usually with each art quilt I make there is a small corner or a small image in it that I especially love. I think that is where a series is born. In one of my more recent quilts, I had an image of a lichen growing out of a rock. I particularly liked the shape of the lichen and its roots and the rock. I also liked the symbolism of new life finding a foothold in an unlikely place. 
     And so when I was trying to come up with a theme for my 12 x 12 auction donation piece for SAQA, I decided to focus on that same image. I was going to use my usual palette of blues for a background, but when going through my monoprinted fabric stash I came across a rusty brown fabric and an orange circle that I had monoprinted for a sun but never used. And I found a black piece that I had stamped white paint onto and little by little it all came together.
In process
The rock looks a little like a potato so I need to fix that. And I need to embroider the roots of the lichen and embroider around the edges of the circle. After that, I'll see if anything else is needed and then sew a backing fabric on with a pillowcase finish. It will be titled New Growth. 
     I'm linking this to Off The Wall Friday where you can find other art quilt blogs. Please make comments on their posts to let the artists know you stopped by. Thanks for visiting.


  1. I love how this all came together for you. Really beautiful. I will look for it in the SAQA auction. And yes, I often fall in love with some small element in one of my pieces... sometimes it can be the most unexpected element. People are moved by so many different things... isn't it great?

  2. It is great how people are moved by different things. And that's a reason to read an artist statement next to a piece. It really opens your eyes to a nuance that you might not have noticed that is so important to the artist. And it may awaken a new idea within yourself.


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