The group blog of twelve quiltmakers and textile artists scattered around the world in 7 countries and across four continents. Our aim is to create a small quilt every three months.
The theme is chosen by the members in turn.
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Well, this should have been a doddle. His style appeals to me and it is not so dissimilar
to that of one of my favourite artists, Morandi.But I just couldn’t come up with anything more than a copy of one or two
of his still-lifes – and that is not the point of our challenge which is to be
inspired by an artist’s work.So, it got
pushed further and further back until the deadline was scarily close.
My still life
In the end I set up my own still-life in the style of
Lundstrom with a ‘shocking’ plan in mind,something I have been tempted to do for a while. This could be the solution to my problem:I
would construct a still life and then slice it up!
Before being cut up
The first thing was to construct the piece, take a photo of it and
print it out a few times. I
sliced a photo vertically into four sections and moved the segments around, some
flipped.It was terrible – maybe if I
had sliced it into more segments and of varying widths…Then I cut a photo into 16 (4” squares) –
that left me with a lot of plain blue background squares. Nothing was
gelling.Next, I cut the photo into 9
squares - not a lot better. So I divided each square once diagonally.Great, it was talking to me!Now the problem was when to stop moving
triangles around and trying out different compositions – every time I walked
passed I couldn’t resist playing around.
Yesterday was crunch time and I had to make a decision as to
which layout I was happiest with.The
triangles were bonded onto the felt batting and it was machine quilted
using a variegated thread.I guess if
this was a competition/serious piece I would vary the thread colour so that the
blue background stayed in the background (ie blue thread on blue fabric, etc).
It has been a fun experiment and I am quietly pleased with
the result.I feel I have fulfilled the
brief – been inspired by his work but delivered something uniquely mine.
Thanks, Mai-Britt, and roll on the next challenge.