Our next assignment is to look back through our quilts and decide if they are representational, impressionistic, or abstract. Well most of mine are representational or impressionistic if they are art quilts... but some of the just fun quilts or traditional types that I have made for someone special or for our quilt ministry really caught my eye because they are more abstract. Here is a sampling...
Typical of my representational quilts.....you can tell what it is for sure.
Impressionistic with definite leanings toward abstraction. The limited color pallet helps.
Same is true here.
This representational view of Grand Prismatic Spring looks abstract due to the very nature of this phenomena.
This playful 3 Red Birds and a Black Bird is getting quite abstract...in an organic way.
As is Out of Africa, one of my favorite quilts. Its so joyous and playful.
Seeking Peace in Today's World has always been a favorite of mine too, and guess what? Its quite abstract! Why don't I have more of these "make me happy" abstracts? That's what I hope this class will inspire me to do!
Flight Over Kandahar is abstract... and a failure. The fabrics are hand dyed silk that I did myself... machine and hand stitch... but it just has no soul.
More successful and abstract is this History of Rock and Roll that is currently hanging in Denver at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum.
I like this Tribute to Selena and Other Victims of Gun Violence very much. I felt it conveyed the concept well. It is in the SAQA show Guns: Loaded Conversations. I am not sure how to classify it - but it is some where between impressionistic and abstract.
Well here is my surprise favorite for abstract. I had forgotten about this made early last winter and given to our quilt ministry. But to me it is ABSTRACT and interesting. And a few more geometrics caught my eye because of their strong repetition of patterns and bold color choices.
I am taking the title course above in Quilt Academy; it is taught by Elizabeth Barton. One of the first things she has asked us to do is evaluate our favorite quilt artists as to what they have made in the abstract category. First of my favorites, (I have many) is Deidre Adams. All of her work I am familiar with is abstract. As to the category, I think it would be abstract expressionism. Elizabeth defines this style as one in which the hand and the heart of the artist applies the paint... in this case fabric. Jackson Pollock is an example as well as De Kooning.
This last example might be called organic abstraction... very naturalistic with shapes derived from nature and abstracts of the organic structure. I think my next artist falls in this category completely... Ruth McDowell
Jane Sassaman also works in this fashion. She also uses repeat of patterns.
Nancy Crow uses uses a geometric approach to abstraction. This was a path followed by the Cubists also.
Now that I have gotten started, I hate to quit! Can't leave out Victoria Findley Wolf. She uses repeated pattern, geometry and pure abstraction.
Its that time of year again, time for SAQA's Benefit Auction that raises money for the wonderful shows they sponsor for us. I picked a few of my favorites to show here.
I got 12 12" blocks at QOV on Saturday. They are all crazy blocks and only two of them needed a little help getting squared up. They were donated to our group. Got finished piecing it yesterday bringing it up to a finished size 65 x 83. Today it goes on to the quilter.
Enjoyed another fun day with our Valor group. I helped bind a quilt... they seem to get so much bigger when you have to do it by hand!
Saw some interesting ideas on Pinterest for QOV's so thought I would post them here to remind me.
I love working with this block format. You start out by drawing or painting your picture, uploading it to the computer, print it out and divide into the number of squares you want to work with... I had planned this for the SAQA Benefit Auction, so I was working with a 12 x 12 format. But alas, life intervened and the auction deadline came and WENT before I finished so here it is, a month late. There are 144 blocks. It would be a great degree simpler in a larger scale! In fact, I enjoyed so much I may re-do it that way.
Here is an example of the work underway and you can see my print-out and view finder to the left.
Brookgreen Gardens in Myrtle Beach, SC is a place that never fails to inspire me!
“Perspectives" SAQA Regional Show, juried by the Pixieladies, Kris Sazaki and Deb Cashatt, being shown at LeMoyne Arts, Tallahassee, FL July 19 – August 31, 2019
38 works from 35 artists were chosen for the show. The theme deals with the varying viewpoints we have, our "perspectives" on any number of issues. Size required was 24 x 36 inches.
In this one, "Meeting in the Everglades," you have the 2 viewpoints represented by the alligator who has just surfaced thinking, "can I grab that bird?" and the bird, who seeing the alligator may be thinking I should fly now!
In "12 Faces of Eve" I represent twelve very different women. When we think of Eve, we think of our ancestors, assumably someone like us... but in reality, everyone has a different perspective on that.
Just encountered Elizabeth Garver's fabulous clothing and I love it! Here is some info about her:
Elizabeth Garver is an independent clothing designer committed to producing finely crafted garments with distinctive, elegant styling. Her garments are made from a variety of textured silk fabrics that are hand-dyed and accented with appliquéd surfaces. The current collection includes jackets, blouses, tunics and scarves. She also produces a small line of unique wool coats.
Elizabeth began producing clothes full-time after graduating with a Master of Fine Arts degree in Textiles from the Rochester Institute of Technology. For over 30 years she has regularly exhibited and sold her work at the American Craft Council shows in addition to participating in a number of other craft shows throughout the eastern United States. Her work is featured in Fibre Arts Design books I & II and she has given workshops and talks about her surface design techniques.
Clothing boutiques and craft galleries nationwide have represented Elizabeth's work since 1982. Elizabeth Garver's studio is located in South Bend, Indiana.
Saw 14 white pelicans wheeling overhead at the JayCee Park in Okeechobee today. So AWESOME...
Also a fantastic flock of Caspian terns!
And some Least Terns mixed in!!!!!!!!!
I have always been an artist and with art quilts I have found a way to combine my two loves of painting and textiles.