Monday, March 31, 2008

Similar differences

Diane and I were on the same wave length with this one. I also wanted to do something abstract which is foreign to me. I wrestled with this for a long time and even now I'm not sure my message gets across. As with some of you who have posted so far, I wanted to show the positives and negatives of belonging to a community, the feeling of being in the right place, and the feeling of being left out, or on the fringe.
I started with a piece of fabric I had thermofaxed with a honeycomb pattern, then added the larger translucent fabric over that, and finally tried to tie it together and seperate it with the handstitching. I started this piece several times and became very frustrated with it several times, but I can tell you I really stretched myself on this and I appreciate the topic. I hope you are similairly stretched when I reveal the next challange.

9 comments:

Diane said...

I like this a lot, Karen. Funny how we were on the same wave-length. I like the honeycomb pattern -- it's interesting how it looks like it's on TOP, as opposed to the organza pieces being placed on it. I think your interpretation is more subtle than mine, and I like that.

StegArt said...

Great piece Karen. I like the look of the layered shapes and especially like the texture added by the hand stitching.

Kristin L said...

I tried to think at this level of abstraction, but couldn't get there. I'm glad you went for it. The interactions between the different layers are particularly nice.

Françoise said...

Nice work. I particularly like the hand stitching covering and echoing part of the honeycomb pattern.

Gerrie said...

I love the complexity hidden in the simplicity of this and the symbolism of being connected and broken connections. The colors are wonderful. Good work.

Nikki said...

I love the texture and the addition of the hand stitching. The honeycomb and its connection to bees is very revelant to community. Working together a group can achieve something amazing.

Brenda said...

Karen - your message certainly comes across. The honeycomb/beehive imagery has strong associations with the concept of community and the extra symbolism of broken connections with your hand stitching make this a really interesting piece.

Deborah said...

I just adore the hand stitching! I also love how the layers work together. The colors are really yummy too... the oranges and yellows are so warm and the green and blue details add nice contrast.

twolimeleaves said...

I adore abstract art so this strikes a big chord for me. The contrast between the small hexagons and the big ones is a big zing for me! I would have been tempted to use less contrast in size, but it wouldn't have impacted the same way.You've managed to get a big scale impact in a small scale quilt, in my opinion.