Monday, 17 September 2018

I received the first quilt for the "Blog It " exhibition yesterday from Uta . Such a difference seeing the real quilt, this one interpreting Escher . This exhibition is going to evoke a lot of interest . I am already enthused even though it is more than a year away .Thanks Uta .

Sunday, 16 September 2018

Munter sampler


I don't think I'll ever be happy with this as a finished piece - it's far too flat, but as a sampler it's been a great exercise in creating lines. I have used:


  • negative space between fabrics
  • fabric
  • lines as shading
  • controlled machine stitching
  • free machine stitching
  • and a washing line, just because
I cited Terry Grant as a source of inspiration for this piece and I'm now even more in awe of her work as a result of this exercise. 


Monday, 10 September 2018

Gabriele Munter - Breakfast of the Birds

Whilst the emotional content of this image appealed to me, I see an artist content with her simple life, for me this challenge has been driven totally by exploring technique.


Munter didn't shy away from dark outlines, similar to those in pieces by US quilter Terry Grant and I saw an opportunity to play with creating similar marks in my piece for this challenge.

On reflection I didn't necessarily choose the best Munter work for the exercise but it's been interesting - so far. 

I've used applique, outline stitching and free machining so far but unfortunately still have some way to go. There's a whole table to fill, lot's of external detail to complete and lots more stitching to do.




Thursday, 6 September 2018

TT

Next one to choose …


   The one to choose the next artist after Lurçat is Claire.

The Next Artist Is …


   I have found it very difficult to choose an artist, though I have had several in mind for months, and as I am typing this I am still torn between two, but here goes … the next artist is Jean Lurçat. He was a painter, ceramist and tapestry designer, creating the cartoons for hundreds of tapestries and overseeing the weaving process. He was instrumental in reviving the tapestry industy in Aubusson, France. I discovered his tapestry designs for the first time two years ago when I visited the tapestry museum in Aubusson, and  fell in love with them, especially his depiction of plants and animals. A few months later I was lucky enough to see an exhibition of his work at the Manufacture des Gobelins in Paris. 

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Next one to choose...

I must have dreamt that I obliged by Hilary's request to pick the next one to choose an artist and only realized this morning that I had not done so. I apologize. The next one to choose is Jinnie. Looking forward to her choice... and hope to catch up with my delays (yes, plural) soon. 

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

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Saturday, 1 September 2018

GABRIELE MÜNTER


   


   I really liked Gabriele Münter's woodblock prints, more so than the paintings, but despite that none of them  inspired me to make a quilt. However the shapes of the trees in 'Haus mit Tannen im Schnee' gave me an idea that I sketched. I took this and some print outs of others of her works on holiday in the hope that I might have some other ideas. Whilst I was away I did a one day monoprint class at the Hot Bed Press in Salford, basically just experimenting with mark making and different ways of using monoprint. I decided to try a simple torn paper mask in the shape of the sketches I had drawn, and I have used that shape on my quilt. At first I thought of stenciling it with markal, but realized I would have had to let it dry a day or two, and I only had a short time to make the quilt after coming back from holiday last weekend. In the end I chose to appliqué it using a fabric I printed for another project, but which I did not use in the end, and a sheer black fabric. I used the latter as I wanted the print to show through from the background fabric.



The next artist

Uta, please can you pick a name from this list for them to choose the next artist:

Dianne, Jinnie, Claire, Allison and Rosemary

I think I have got them correct...  Then the next person can announce the artist here on the blog.

Hilary

Friday, 31 August 2018

Gabriele Münter - Mother with Child

When I chose Gabriele Münter as the artist for this challenge, I had not yet decided on which picture I would use as inspiration. I love her work, and I wanted the challenges to become more feminine - but when I looked at her paintings I was a bit at a loss at first. Luckily we had the chance to see an exhibition of hers in Munich earlier this year, and I bought a book of postcards. In this I found a picture that got me going.

Münter, Mother with sleeping Child, 1934, oil on carton

I decided to concentrate on a detail - and by enlarging it from a trace off the postcard I actually worked with it in a larger version than the original.

A copy-machine is a handy tool indeed...
I took a pieced piece from some earlier project that had not been used, copied the lines of the contours onto it with a single line of stitch and added a few other materials.


Then I went on vacation and had taken the piece with me because I thought I could work on my mother's sewing machine. However, while she was still gone I could not find her mending/quilting foot and quickly aborted the attempt. That, of course, threw me back in my time plan.

Working without a foot is just not a very inspirational mode of stitching.

When she returned from China, she did retrieve the foot from wherever it had been hidden and I got to work on the project for a little bit. However, I did not get as far as I had hoped, and yesterday we were traveling home. I started working on it in the evening, and a bit more today, but I am not finished.



Partly because I slept very badly last night and am very tired now I am not going to push myself and perhaps ruin the whole thing. I have revealed what I have made and will finish in the next few days, and then post a full picture of it. Apologies, Ladies. Life ...

LINOCUT SIMPLIFIED

Firstly apologies for the delay. My computer froze on me after being away for so long and I have just got it up and running again.

I have gone for a take on her Lino cuts as I have already done a still life and a portrait.
I have a metal stamp of a fish which I have never used so I have incorporated it in with the 'waves' she has used.

The stamp.

My inspiration.

My Piece.

My background is a piece of my own indigo dyed fabric and I traced an enlarged shape of the fish and sketched the waves in.  I then used black paint and pens to create my own patterns within the fish and to outline the waves. 

I would have loved to have done a proper lino cut but time just was not on my side. Maybe one day!

Blue Conical Mountain


Blue Conical Mountain


Blauer Kegelberg 1930


I had just read an article in a Danish newspaper about a new exhibition at Louisiana, Museum of Modern Art introducing Gabrielle Münter and decided to go, when Uta announced her choice of artist - what luck. The museum is just a 45 minutes drive from our house and the exhibition was a celebration of her first solo exhibition in 1918 in Copenhagen.








I have chosen the first out of three versions as my piece. I only made one quilt, but I was brave enough to ad markal oil stick, and after that acrylic paint. I don't like version two and three, although version three looks more like the painting, I prefer version ones simpler form.


With Markal Stick

With Markal Stick and Acrylic Paint

Fused layers, black felt tip pen, quilted and painted.





I have used the fused layers before in various quilts, this example is from 2007 inspired by British watercolour artist Michael Moore.




And black felt tip fen in this Cezanne inspired quilt from 1990

PS. I don't know why I'm coming up as Blogger, rather than Mai-Britt Axelsen, in the e-mails?

INSPIRED BY AFRICA

I was very priviledged to be invited by friends of mine to join them during June at their private lodge in Madikwe Game Reserve which is situated in South Africa right on the eastern border of Botswana.  We had our own game ranger and open game viewing vehicle at our disposal and the reserve is 87000 hectares of bush, which is also malaria free, which is an added bonus.  Amongst the vast area and game of every description they also have the Big Five, of which we were fortunate enough to see four - unfortunately not a Leopard in sight!  What a treat, and whilst there, Phil sent me the name of the next artist (the wif-fi was almost non-existent) but I had a window and got her message.  On returning home I went through our artist's works and then the many photographs that I took and was inspired to combine the two.
Munter's work struck me as being very serene and on going through her landscapes (very different to Africa) I tried to capture the serenity of her work and hopefully I have done it justice.
 

This first picture is our artist's piece that I chose as my inspiration.




This is my photograph at a water hole featuring a dead African Leadwood tree set in the middle of the water.




This is my piece which hopefully captures what I set out to do.  I used hand dyed fabric but drew the tree onto calico and appliqued it onto the background (minus the bird's nests) and then painted the tree, outlining it in black thread.  I also tried to get some variation of colour onto the water and used dry inktense paint blocks.  I did not quilt the sky as I thought the piece needed to be kept free of stitching.

Gabriele Munter was totally unknown to me before Uta introduced her work to us . Her subject matter is varied so there was lots to choose from ..I chose the same piece that Alison chose but took only elements from the painting rather then trying to interpret the whole piece. The important thing for me was to show her expressionist style and I think I achieved this to a certain extent . It was a good challenge for me and a style I have never attempted before .

                                          

                                            Gabriele's  Still Life


                                            My interpretation
Lino Print: 'Street Boy'
Lino print on cotton fabric with oil based ink and coloured with fibre reactive dye
'Street Boy' Inspired by Gabriele Münter's piece,  'Aurelie'.

Thanks Uta for your inspired choice of Gabriele Münter. Once again, another artist new to me. I was so pleased to find Münter also created work with coloured woodcut prints - one of my favourite things to do, so I really enjoyed making the printing block and the quilt.

I chose Münter's print of 'Aurelie', (1906), in rose, orange, yellow, red and black on Japan paper. It is only small at 18.5cm by 16cm.


Gabriele Münter, Aurelie, 1906, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Robert Gore Rifkind Center for German Expressionist Studies, © 2013 Gabriele Münter/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, photo © 2013 Museum Associates/ LACMA


For my interpretation I decided to use a small drawing of a boy - I am also working on a series of work about child labour, so I have a lot of drawings to chose from). This is the one I picked.



and then carved a block from a piece of vinyl.





And here is the print on white fabric...


I coloured the print with thickened fibre reactive dye and ink, then added multiple layers of wadding to different parts of the image and used different densities of stitch stitch to create dimension to the finished piece. 

Thanks Uta!

x




Old Harry

This time I have tried to loosen up and abstract the content - maybe I went too far but Old Harry has gone to South Africa so I can't fiddle with it as I was tempted!  I have been intrigued by how some artists put down a base colour before painting over the top and that the base colour often shows through.  I wondered if this was what Gabriele did with her paintings that had black outlines. I have seen orange used very effectively.  So I decided to try this out and chose a lime green fabric.  Overall I am happy with the piece but I realize that using a plain white for the cliffs was wrong and it stands out amongst the other fabrics which are 'mottled'.  I was tempted to go and add some mottling to the white (I feel I should have and I may still do that when it gets back).  Anyway, it is the most abstracted piece I think I have done - the temptation to add detail was almost overpowering.

Hilary

Old Harry

Jawlensky and Werefkin by Munter

Old Harry Rocks, Dorset, UK

Gabriele Munter and Cat




I had great plans for a Gabriele Munter-inspired portrait of my beloved dog Chloe, because I really admire her portraits, but time constraints prevented me from getting it done. Instead, I relied on my fall-back of thread sketching and this is what I came up with. It is black thread on vintage damask that may not show up well in the photo, but it adds a very nice vintage look to the piece. I may still do some quilting in the background - or maybe not.

Rebecca

This is based on a selfie that my daughter Rebecca took and I was inspired by the portraits that Münter used with the black outlining.  I confess that I haven't quilted the background.  But I'm not sure I want to or have to.  It's on an iron on batting so doesn't need it for stability. 


Vase of flowers


Gabriele Munter's vase of flowers


My interpretation of Gabriele's work



Some of Gabriele Munter’s work looks like naive art and so I tried to portray that style. Her still-life painting appealed to me because I have never done one before. The background was a self-dyed piece of poly-cotton; at the end I added a little bit of embroidery here and there to make it more interesting. The vase was done using a Japanese scarf I had and I tacked a variegated sashiko thread on the table cloth. It was difficult to control myself and not put frills, sequins or beads onto the flowers! Because I wanted to ‘bring in’ the borders, I used a red piping.

I wonder if Patricia has been inspired by the same artwork – that will be something if we have done similar pieces again!

Allison





Saturday, 18 August 2018

Hello Everyone ,
What a wonderful response from all of you re the exhibition next year . Thanks to Hilary and the idea of the form I now will have a piece ( unfortunately only one piece each) from everyone  covering all the artists we have so far done . The convener will be delighted and what an interesting exhibition it will be .
Regarding the hanging of them you will not need to put a sleeve on . I will work this out at a later stage once I know what type of stands I will have on which to display them . Our convener will help out with this aspect . So just send them as they are but please make sure that your name and address is on the label at the back of the quilt . I am so looking forward to receiving them and seeing them in reality. I promise to take a video and lots of photos once it is all set up .
Thank you all.
Rosemary

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

'Morning everyone,
Hilary will be sending a form to everyone to give preferences to what you would like exhibited at our 'Blog It 'exhibition so I can get a reasonable spread through the artists . Those who have recently joined could wait until you have done pieces for a couple more artists but I would like to have all submissions by mid June next year as everything will need to have  labels done and I would need time to have the information about the artists and pictures of all our quilts put on to the cards.
I think it will be a quilt exhibition with a difference and really interesting for the public .
So thanks for coming on board.
Rosemary
Hello again everyone ,
I have spoken to the Exhibitions Convener of the National Symposium again and our ' Blog Exhibition' has been chosen as one of eight really interesting exhibitions for next year . I really hope that each of you will manage to send one of your Artist Series quilts to me either via Hilary,Phil and Patricia or couriering one to me . Helena , I think your Klimt, Lucy in Gold,would be great for Klimt . Patricia is giving her Barnes -Graham piece  so if you could all indicate which one of your pieces you would like to exhibit I shall try and even it out amongst the chosen artists . I will just fill in a gap wherever. Our newest members will not have as much choice but do send whichever you think appropriate. I am excited about his for all of us as it gives the general public an idea of how the digital age is opening up possibilities for us textile artists to show our work .
Hope you are all as excited as I am .
Rosemary

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Hi everyone,
Thanks to all of you who have replied enthusiastically to my previous posting.
I thought I should clarify what the "Blog It" exhibition is all about .It involves ONLY the "Artist Series "of quilts . This is an example of what was displayed :
 
As you can see I was only able to display my own 'real' quilts .What the exhibition person has suggested, if this exhibition is chosen for the NZ National Symposium, is to have ONE 'real' quilt from each of us members of the blog displayed .( I would be grateful if you could each indicate which quilt you would like to exhibit  - so that I don't have several for one artist and none for another! ). I think this is a great idea and have outlined it all with my previous posting . Phil has offered to collect a piece from all of you in the UK and Patricia ,who is visiting us in NZ in December, will bring them all over here including hers ,Phils and Allisons quilts. The remaining  members will need to rely on courier post directly to me at:
1 Helvetia Drive ,
Browns Bay,
Auckland, 0630,
New Zealand .
I will phone the exhibition convenor ASAP ,give her all these details , and see whether she is still interested . I will curate the exhibition .
 If there are any questions please ask and ,as I have stated, if anyone is unwilling do let me know.
Rosemary

Monday, 30 July 2018

Hello All,
Some of you may remember that I held a mini exhibition at our local group's show early in May . I printed out all our work on cards  (which our local printer did so well) and then displayed my own pieces underneath. The New Zealand National Symposium is being held here in Auckland in October 2019 and I have been approached by the lady on the committee in charge of exhibitions to say that they are considering it as one of the exhibitions at Symposium. She suggested that it be hung in a similar way to the previous occasion but thought that it would be fun to have an actual piece from each of us members of the blog hanging there instead of just my pieces . Obviously I would need permission from anyone interested in doing this . I would need to select one piece for each artist and those of you who are willing would have to take responsibility for insurance and postage to and from New Zealand . I would be willing to be the co-ordinator .
So what do you all think ? Would love to have feedback . If anyone is opposed I can certainly exclude that person . I just need to know so that I can give the information to the Exhibitions Co-ordinator.
Rosemary

Sunday, 29 July 2018

Message from Linda F


Hi everybody. 



I've just been looking through the posts from this year, and once again am so impressed with the skill, both in interpretation and sewing, that all the members of this group have.  I'm not going to try and add any individual comments, just wanted to say how much I have enjoyed looking through all the work.



I'm still not sewing much yet - in fact my sewing machines haven't been taken out of their boxes since the move.  As you may have heard, we've had an exceptionally hot and dry summer in the UK so far this year, and I've been spending all my time in the garden on various projects.  I also have the problem of not having anywhere to store the empty boxes until we have a new garage built.  Things are moving on though, we have building permission for the garage and are just waiting build-over permission from our local water company as we are having to build rather close to one of their large pipes. 



We have decided where my new studio is going to be, but there are quite a lot of alterations to do before I can start using the room.  As we are also working on the designs for a new extension to contain the kitchen and a new open plan area for seating, plus a large patio area in the garden, the studio alterations may end up being part of the overall building work, which means they are unlikely to even start until next year.  So I'm going to be on sabbatical for a bit longer - sorry.



Our Festival of Quilts in Birmingham starts soon, and I will be spending five full days there all being well, so maybe a few ideas/inspirations will emerge from that.  Meantime I'm at least still doing a bit of hand sewing in the evenings.



Linda

Sunday, 8 July 2018

The many styles of Gabriele Munter

Great post today from our own Heather Dubreuil in which she reflects on discovering the work of Gabrielr Munter and her many varied styles -  http://heatherdubreuil.blogspot.com/2018/07/gabriele-munter-louisiana.html


Saturday, 30 June 2018

Little Swarm

 I had never heard of Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, so I was delighted to discover her great talent. I will continue to study her work.

I chose her painting ‘Swarm’ from 1963 as my inspiration.

Swarm 1963


Little Swarm
For Little Swarm I chose a light grey fabric for the background and bonded the squares with ®Mistyfuse, a few at a time, and quilted as I went along. The squares are all ®Colour Catchers, the red ones painted with acrylic paint. I loved using this method and I see a series coming...............


And now for a big apology to the group:

So embarrassing, I had it in my head that the reveal day was end of June and thought I had plenty of time. So when Hilary contacted me, to hear if anything was wrong, I meant to do my piece as quickly as possible, but as you can see, it didn't happen, sorry everyone.

I just love being a member of this group and hope I will be forgiven. 

Saturday, 9 June 2018

And the next artist as inspiration is...

I have been determined to name a female artist as inspiration since I understood the principle of how we are doing it. But I keep changing my mind as to whom to choose... There are so many fabulous women making art that it is indeed very hard to decide on one single person. Only this morning I debated with myself whether I should name 'the women of the Bauhaus School', but as they are a number of women I wasn't sure whether that was allowed. Plus I wasn't sure as to how much information and literature would be available in English, although there has been quite a renaissance for them in Germany lately. Then there are so many others - Georgia O'Keeffe, of course, or Ana Mendietta. Or Nancy Holt. Or or or.
But I went back to a painter (and photographer) after all.
This is a photo of her, taken from a postcard I bought when I went to see one of her exhibitions:


This is a photo of two of her drawings as presented in a catalogue:


She was a student and then fiancée of Kandinsky who deposited a number of paintings in her basement before he went back to Russia (and returned with a different woman for a wife). These paintings then were legally pronounced hers as renumeration, and it was these paintings that were the foundation for one of Munich's famous museums, the Lenbachhaus, a must-see-address if you are interested in expressionist art. She was one of the few women members of the painter group Blaue Reiter, for a while, before she went her own way and settled in Murnau, south of Munich, in a small house that today is a museum in her name. Although there are not that many paintings on display.

Some may have recognized her by now - her name is Gabriele Münter, and I hope you will enjoy letting yourself be inspired by her work.

Cover of a catalogue