Here is a quilt top I finished for our Quilts of Valor group. It is going to be a raffle quilt to earn money for buying more red white and blue fabric. I was handed this pile of squares in a rainbow of colors so I decided to arrange them as best as I could as a color wheel! I love the way it turned out and will buy lots of tickets.
Now here is the serious part of my post. Note to Self: Do not NOT use Dritz spray on anything important!! I had a TERRIBLE time quilting my last quilt with this stuff on it!!! its a NO NO.
A little like being back in grade school, with the construction paper and scissors and glue, this was an interesting exercise in abstract shapes. I see how these could be the inspiration for any number of quilt designs!
So of course when I saw this abstract building in Knoxville, I knew I needed a picture!
While not in any way an abstract artist, Adinka Telegen is a fabulous artist! She strives to make her art look so much like a photograph that the viewer will have their nose practically touching the wall before they can understand - its stitch and fabric only. She layers tulle and tissues and other fabrics and stitches so much that the fabric often buckles, but she does not mind daringly chopping and cutting and pulling at it until she bends it to her will.
Here is a link to a wonderful interview with her on textileartist.org
Here is a link to her website:
I discovered the fabulous work of this artist in my search for abstract artists. She does both representational and abstract art in many media, and some art that I do not know what it would be classified, except that it is breathtaking! Color and pattern is wonderful, and when you look closer you see faces and pattern within pattern. Some short bio info about her as she has posted on her blog:
Barbara Broekman (Amsterdam, 1955) creates monumental artworks based on textile patterns and techniques. In her work she examines the relation between art, textiles and universal human themes such as love, loss, repression and conflict.
Her work places the personal experience in a larger context. Dazzling compositions zoom in and out on life, from micro level to the entire universe. Her work is always related to the world around her, in subject as well as working methods, and transcends the boundaries between autonomous and applied art. Time consuming processes as well as a close collaboration with clients and specialised craftsmen are an essential part of her work.
Broekman was trained in textile art at the Rietveld Academy and the California College of Arts, Berkeley, USA. Her work has been collected by the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, the Amsterdam Museum, the Textiel Museum in Tilburg and the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum in New York.
Here are some examples of her monumental work:
Learn more about her at her website https://www.barbarabroekman.nl/home and if you follow the links to some of her exhibits at the Amsterdam Museum you can click in the upper right hand corner and change the language from Dutch to English.
I continue from yesterday with more abstract female artists. This is by Alma Thomas. I like her use of repetition and pattern in these red dots. Everyone loves dots. Please excuse my calling them dots, its from lack of a better descriptive word.
These are by Anne Appleby. She has a large body of work, but they remind me very much of paint chip samples. Not sure I can appreciate them except in their lovely colors.
Aurelie Nemours uses strong colors and geometric shapes that instantly could become quilts.
Elaine de Kooning paints very appealing portraits that I feel are grabbing the essence of the sitters. Sort of sketchy but complete all the same... slightly abstracted persons.
Here is Ethel Schabacher. Wow, her use of color is right in line with my idea of fun and glory. Its just great!
Next up is Sonia Delaunay. I love her color and appealing compositions. Abstract, but you see the dancer.
Gillian Ayres - love these strong paintings. They seem to be telling us a story and using symbols to help illustrate it.
As you can see by now, I love most all of these, otherwise I would not have been drawn to them. Natalia Oncharova from Russia reminds me a little of Gauguin. I know I will come back to her work to study it.
Grace Hartigan is next, strong colors and composition.
Here are works by Howardena Pindell. She obviously doesn't limit herself to the flat paint surface, but is performing her own surface design as well. She also has a great sense of humor. Check out her title further down. Again I regret I cannot find titles for all these works.
So many inspiring artists!! Here are two works from Joan Snyder.
It may be difficult to impossible to insert this next to Natalia's other works, but I had this one from her also.
Lenore "Lee" Krasner and Jackson Pollock were a couple, but she had her own style. Some critics say there was cross pollination there.
Julie Mehrutu has a different style, more linear but combining color into it her work too.
Last but certainly not least, two more from Gillian Ayres.
Our next assignment is to look at famous abstract artists so since Elizabeth pointed out that men occupy the top ten spots, I decided to concentrate on what the best women abstract artists have produced. I have found so many new favorites and several of them I will go back to so I can study them in depth. Of course I love Georgia O'Keeffe and Gloria Vanderbilt so I grabbed them first.
O'Keeffe's stylized Autumn Leaves is in some ways more realistic than the real thing... but I feel that it is an abstracted form of nature.
Gloria Vanderbilt's Springtime gives me the essence of spring. As does her next work Autumn.
Mother and Child is distilled down to the bare bones, somewhat like a wood block print.
Amarantha Ehrenholt I am totally unfamiliar with, but I love her control of and use of color. She is a master.
This is awesome with its combination of freeform color and geometric design.
Just gorgeous, Three Streams by Amarantha Ehrenholt.
Next we have Elisabeth Cummings, another artist that caught my eye. Her work seems to be telling the viewer a story.
Poppies by the Shore; I feel the sense of the sea here.
The above and next two are by Jane Frank, another new artist to me.
Here is her Aerial View: Ploughed Fields Maryland. So many of the pictures I found don't have the titles...
Very organic, straight from nature.
Alice Baber, Noble Numbers. The clarity of the colors is so pure and free. And one more of hers...
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.
I have always been an artist and with art quilts I have found a way to combine my two loves of painting and textiles.