Friday, 30 November 2018

Thanks but no thanks ...

Thanks for the introduction to Jean Lurcat.  I can see that his work is technically amazing but his subject matter and style have little appeal for me,  but that's what this challenge is about, isn't it? In the end I narrowed down my choices to several pieces that featured fruit and leaves, though even his treatment of the veins on these leaves left me feeling uncomfortable ☺

I sort of worked with the left side of this piece in mind:


What appealed most is how the leaves filled the negative space around the central figure, a technique put to good use in Arts and Crafts tile design, so enter as influencers William De Morgan and Lewis F Day.

The central motif became a fruit, with thanks to Phil for her dotty tool which provided a bit of dimension and the rest just grew around it, thanks to some lovely tile designs. I've left more negative space than I'd originally intended but didn't actually notice this until the quilting was well under way.


9 comments:

  1. Love the colours you have used which compliment your work beautifully. You have taken a piece of his work and made it your own with a great result. You should be very happy - a lovely interpretation and design.

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  2. I agree with Patricia on this one, she has expressed my feelings exactly.

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  3. I like the way that you've used the leaf design to quilt the background and the way that you have interpretated Lurçat's work.

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  4. Love your design and I am glad you left the amount of negative spacing as is. Glad the dotty tool came in handy.

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  5. I like your interpretation Linda. And your quilting has filled in the negative space nicely. You too have picked up on his vibrant colours.

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  6. gorgeous! A unique departure from Lurçat's work. love the stitching and the dotty tool work. I haven’t found a use for it yet, but thanks for reminding me about it.

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  7. I agree with Dianne that you have created a really lovely piece using strong colour and motif choices, using his work as a starting point I think it is important to acknowledge that we don't have to 'like' everything, but we can still take thinks from work we are not drawn to.

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    1. You're absolutely right right Claire, and I'm still grateful for the introduction to Lurcat. I probably analysed the elements of his work more closely than normal to try to identify the reasons for my strong negative reaction!

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  8. Amazing piece of work Linda. You have done a neater version of Jean's work. I will have to see this amazing tool when I visit Phil next year.

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