Friday, September 19, 2008


Or maybe that should be "lack of progress."

Mostly I've just been thinking, which is ok, I suppose.

I have come to the conclusion that I don't want to tell a story with my quilt. I don't want to create something that is necessarily obvious to the viewer. I don't want to feel obligated to go in a certain direction. What I do want is to be loosely inspired by our theme. I want to feel free to take a small nugget of the concept and then twist and turn into around into something that might be unrecognizable -- but still art. That's what I want to make: art. I want to use the elements that I love: surface design, handwriting, improvisational embroidery, fusible applique, layers, sheers, unexpected embellishment, abstractness.

I asked my best friend Lucy what she thinks of what I say "shelter." She said she thinks of an adirondack shelter. I had never heard the term. She explained it to me (a three sided, roofed structure used by backpackers on long hikes). And I found this stunning image.


Isn't it beautiful? The lines, the leaves, the rocks, the color palette? Now I must take this inspiration and mix it up with my own style and see what happens.


Gerrie said...

Having spent much of my youth in and around the Adirondacks, this was my fist visual, too. I love these simple, yet effective shelters.

Dale Anne Potter said...

THANKS for showing the Adirondack shelter!
I am enjoying reading all your takes on "SHELTER" and I agree with you Deb, if I was in this challenge I'd be taking bits of that and developing something in my own mind.
Maybe its the roof of a shelter, a wall, etc.....
I look forward to seeing what everyone comes up with!

Kristin L said...

The contrast of the rounded, random, rough rocks and the smoother, linear, organized wood is especially nice. I look forward to seeing what you distill from this theme.

StegArt said...

A lovely little structure and glad you showed it as I didn't know anything about these. Looking forward to seeing the art you create!