Art Every Day, Monday, January 21, 2013
Here is today's new piece. I really enjoyed making it and looking at the finished product. I wanted to play with this empty square shape and wanted high contrast thus the cool/warm color choices. But, when I placed the strips that make the squares down on the background there was no pop, no sizzle. Then I thought about adding the cheesecloth underneath and once I repositioned everything it began to sing - and it was a song I could dance to - with my machine that is.
The bubble quilting in the cheesecloth helps to bring it into the mid ground and keep it above the rest of the negative space which is quilted with a very energetic all over, triangular design. Because the green/blue green, empty squares are physically on top of all of the other fabrics rather than pieced into them, they manage to read as positive space and hold their own as focal points.
It's a good day when it begins with things working out the way you had hoped. Now it's off to the studio to rinse out some fabrics and package some others.