Art Every Day, Friday, February 8, 2013
Here is today's new piece. I am so loving this exercise of daily art. It affords me the possibility of working out so many ideas, mythologies, techniques, special effects etc. within a small space and with little emotional involvement. I'm always talking to my students about "practicing" their art making. This daily work is really pushing that idea home.
This piece is quilted almost to death. I began by stitching down the red square and surrounding it twice with two red threads through the needle. Then I stitched the three red ovals in the white portion using the same two red threads (one a little dark, one a little orange). Everything else is stitched with a medium valued gray. The vertical lines in the white stop short at the edges of each of the red swirls making them poof off of the surface and strengthening them as the focal point. The horizontal lines in the gray/black push it back but also work as a counterpart to the vertical quilting in the white. Note the wavy lines that move horizontally across the surface in the area of the red square. They help draw attention to the square securing it as the counterpoint to the focal point. I adore this piece. It's bold simplicity really turns me on and check out the play in the hand dyed fabric. Yummy, if i do say so myself.
Well I'm off to work my booth at the Sew Expo,