Friday, 30 November 2018

Circle Play

Circle Play

Like some of the others I wasn't realy inspired by Jean Lurcat, but this often leads to surprising results, and having to stretch the imagination even more, and even if it takes much longer to get there. (Normally I try not to look at the other works, before I publish, but this time it happened by accident.)

Inspiration from Jean Lurcat

 Early on I decided to use only the colours from Lurcat, and not necessarily a palette I would normally use. Again to stretch the imagination.

Inspiration from TV show
Watching a tv series, I found a print on a wall that took my fancy and that I could transfer to fabric. I made a pattern on paper by drawing some lines and circles, trying not to copy the original print.
Work in progress
Using a palette generator: I got my colours and started finding fabrics (mostly silk) from my stash. As my pattern had 24 bits, I chose 12 colours, giving me two patches of each colour and it was time to place them.
I cut the patches slightly smaller than the patterns, so the black fabric I would fuse them to would show through.

Before fusing

After fusing (colours looking funny in this pic.)

Circle Play
I decided only to quilt around the edges of each paths, normally I like a lot of quilting, but I felt the for this quilt it would spoil it. I am very pleased with the result, and would never have arrived here without this group and it's challenges. Bring on the next one! 

Well, I might actually have to skip the next one as we are moving back to England in the middle of february (East Anglia) - our house here in Guernsey has finally been sold after three long years on the market. That means we have lived here for 25 years this month.


  1. Thanks for sharing your process. It is always interesting seeing how others approach the challenge. I like that you have used a palette as your inspiration. Well done.

  2. Talk about stretching! I love that you have explained your process from start to finish. I sometimes think about doing that, but forget in the passion of the moment. And using inspiration from a print on a tv show too! what was the show? What a great result and about as far away from an actual Lurcat as possible, yet still inspired by.... Good luck with the move!

    1. American TV series, The Good Girls, with Christina Hendricks. The scene is in a hospital ward corridor. As seen on my iPad, hence the screen print. (Somehow I feel less guilty watching TV on my iPad ☺️).

  3. I love the way you simplify your pieces and make them look so easy, but at the same time one can see you have taken so much time and effort to make your them your own. As Phil said above thank you for sharing your process with us. I really like this piece and the way it evolved, just shows that we never really "switch off" but see things we can incorporate into our different works. Well done on your colours and design, I do like it very much.

  4. I like the way you have let the slivers of black show: it makes the circles pop.

  5. I forgot to say: Good luck with the move.

  6. It was good to read your process, and see how you played with your colours. It's a nice strong design and well balanced. Interesting to see how differently we work with this influence.
    Good luck with the move! A big change after 25 years!

  7. Another fabulous and clever interpretation Mai-Britt. I loved reading about your process too. Thanks for sharing. Thanks too for the link to the palette generator you use, I haven't seen that one I've just tried it out and it works very nicely.
    Good luck with your upcoming move. Xxx

  8. That's been a long three years - you must be pleased to finally be on the move. I hope all goes smoothly from here on.

    I love the simplicity of this piece, it's opposed to Lurcat's work in so many ways and is such an elegant solution.

  9. Beautifully done piece; so clean and fresh looking. You would have spoilt it if you had quilted the piece. Good luck with your move.