I've received a PIF art gift from Shirley Goodwin in New Zealand.
This beautiful bag created with her hand-dyed fabric and quilted with a leaf pattern measures 9"x 7". I looooove it!
It was a big surprise to get a package from my first PIF recipient, Amy Munson. I guess this would be called a PIB (Pay It Back) gift.
This lovely card of felted and embroidered flowers is 2 1/2"x 3 1/2". It is one of several she's recently made and posted about on her blog.
The notecard that accompanied it features a picture of a portion of a wonderful crazy quilt with lots of beading made by Amy.
That quilt was awarded 1st place in the Capital Quiltfest Show in Bismark, North Dakota. Go here to enjoy a presentation of close-up photos. This one of the card doesn't do it justice.
I'm soooooo pleased to receive these creative gifts of art. Thank you Shirley and Amy.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
I've received a PIF art gift from Shirley Goodwin in New Zealand.
Monday, November 26, 2007
This one began as the first prairie flower study.
I had gone online to research photos and information. The foreground flowers were constructed with bits and pieces based on my findings. I kept them loose and impressionistic, but still recognizable. At this point I was most excited and pleased about this project.
I added more bits and pieces for the impression of flowers in the background along with some wool roving plus bits of yarn and thread. After layering on the tulle I quilted the foreground flowers. To my dismay they lost their "punch". So I made an additional strip of larger flowers and machine quilted it. Then I positioned the new strip of flowers over the bottom of the quilt and made a wavy cut through both layers. The edges of the strip and quilt were butted together and connected with two rows of zig-zag stitching. Additional quilting lines of grasses secured the seam.
At this point, it had become a lot of work and I wasn't feeling too happy with it. That's when I decided to make a small study in the style of my lake pieces. Now, that was FUN and I very much liked the result. So, I made another one. Both are featured here.
Back to work on the larger study. I finished the machine quilting. It looked static and I was thinking about starting over. However, there was a deadline. These studies had to be in the mail for a client presentation and there was no time to begin anew. Just before I fell asleep that night, it occurred to me to cut it up and rearrange the pieces. The next morning I printed several copies of the above picture. Each was cut into 5 vertical strips. I played with varying arrangements and settled on this one.
Yeah, it worked! Fracturing the picture improved the dynamics greatly. I'm pleased with the flow of the foreground flowers ... they seem to be swaying in a gentle breeze. A wide zig-zag stitch holds the panels together. A hand-dyed flat rayon yarn is couched over the seam.
On the back the seams and outside edges are concealed and at the same time secured with flat tubes of fabric. The shaped top and bottom have interfacing and are lined with the backing fabric.
WOO HOO!!! The clients were pleased and there will be a commission. They even purchased the three studies.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Instead of lake pieces here are two of prairie flowers constructed in the same "ortwork" technique.
More is to come about this prairie flower project.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Wishing you a happy day from my "turkey" with his singing Elvis lobster.
He's already visited Graceland to shop for more stuff(ing) for the Elvis Shrine Room.
I am thankful to have this Elvis fan and his quirky sense of humor in my life.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
The values we use in our art is the language of emotions that triggers reactions. We each naturally respond to various combinations whether we're viewing OR choosing them for our work. Most of us create with what "feels right". That is the heart of individuality. Just as our verbal language is full of nuances depending upon the tone of our voice and words we choose, such is the combinations of values, hues, and patterns that we put together in our art.
Kay had left this comment/question on my post, "Value vs Color".
"This is a fascinating post. I've never heard the ideas about the mood created by different values before. I also have a light value quilt on my bedroom wall (with less contrast than yours) and I agree about the mood effect. I find it peaceful early in the morning. The only one of these I question is the last contrast, medium value (low contrast). Surreal and mystery fits your piece, but aren't the fabrics partly responsible for that? Would all colors create the same effect, do you think? "She has a good point. I realize this particular piece for that study is on the edge of acceptance for the given description. My choice of fabric patterns does play a role in the surreal mood of the piece. It was the last one I had done of the six pieces because working in a limited middle value range of colors is not easy ... and by then I was DONE. Now that I've shared this theory and those pieces, I guess I'd better address that category more thoroughly.
The book, Color and Fiber, includes a seventh value combination whereas I had presented six. There are two listings for the category of a weak contrast of medium/middle values. The first pertains to a limited range of values. To quote from the book, the mood conveyed by a close range of values is "atmospheric but with a quality more reminiscent of twilight or an unreal dreamlike condition. Words such as slumber, peace, fog, and calm" are descriptive. I went through my photos and came up with these examples. Lake #3 printed in black and white and in color:
"Aquamarine" in black and white:
I had to do quite a bit of pastel work on the fish to make it stand out from the background. There's a warm/cool contrast between the colors/hues but very little contrast between their values.
The second listing for a weak contrast of medium/middle values extends the contrast to some degree in the direction of black and white. It is this extension of the range of values that suggests a feeling of fantasy, mystery, or surrealism. This is the one I had employed in the study.
Many pieces that I make with this weak contrast of middle values get lights and darks thrown into the mix.
Kay's latest project is about Ghost orchids. I consider that her main choices of middle value hues extended with the addition of dark gray and lights work to give it a ghostly, surrealistic mood. Now, she didn't consciously select these values to get that feeling. However, her innate sense of the effect she desired for this rare and unusual flower led her to choose them.
Many times trouble with a color combination is a value problem. Theories and principles are good to know when there is a problem in getting the results we're after. This knowledge gives us a direction to look for a solution.
Posted by Nellie's Needles at 1:40 PM
Saturday, November 10, 2007
This piece is made from plain and commercially printed fabrics that I hand painted. There is both hand and machine quilting. I whip stitched a silk thread around the quilting stitches within the window frames to accentuate those lines.
- 1999 Dogwood Arts Quilt Show - Knoxville, Tennessee awarded Honorable Mention
- 2000 - "Patchwork Pleasures", Folk Life Museum - Farragut, Tennessee
- 2000 - "The Millennium Art Show" - Knoxville, Tennessee
Sunday, November 04, 2007
Quite a few years ago I came across information in the book, "Color and Fiber" that translates to:
"The first visual response is to value contrasts rather than to colors."
The full mooned Halloween small quilt is one of six pieces that I made up to more fully comprehend this theory. Each features the same composition. The consideration for my choosing the fabrics was according to value organizations for strong OR weak contrasts.
medium values dominating = strong, direct, rich, open
dark values dominating = mysterious, dramatic, dignified, somber
medium values = surreal, mystery, fantasy
dark values = somber, depressed, brooding
To isolate value from color in my work, I view it through the wrong end of binoculars. This creates a faraway viewing distance which obscures the colors and patterns allowing me to more easily assess the values and their interaction and progression as well their as impact or mood.
What I've presented here is only touching the surface of this topic. My intention is to bring awareness to an important element that is often overlooked ... even though it's something we all intuitively feel. So, the next time you have a color problem or a particular mood is not being conveyed, check out your chosen values and their contrasts.
China: Good luck, celebration, summoning
Cherokees: Success, triumph India: Purity
South Africa: Mourning Eastern: Worn by brides
Western: excitement, danger, love, passion, and stop
Ireland: Religious (Protestants)
Western: Halloween, creativity, autumn
China: Nourishing Egypt: Mourning
Japan: Courage India: Merchants
Western: Hope, hazards, coward
Ireland: Symbol of country
Western: Spring, St. Patrick's Day, go
Cherokees: Defeat, trouble
Iran: Heaven, spirituality
Western: Depression, coldness, royalty, wisdom
Middle East: Protection
Western: Royalty, luxury, sensuality, magic
WHITETo read more about the symbolism and psychology of color go here.
Eastern: Funerals India: Unhappiness
Western: Brides, angels, peace
China: Color for young boys
Thailand: unhappiness, evil
Western: Death, mystery,
Posted by Nellie's Needles at 2:30 PM