I was travelling when this theme was first announced and had plenty of time to simply think about ideas and design concepts. Some that came to mind early on include:
- a blackboard with the 12x tables;
- asking my fellow twelves for their palm and finger prints - the hand being known as the "human abacus" and, as Terry highlights in her piece, so integral to our artmaking; and
- voluptuous, colourful abacus beads.
So what did I do next? I followed some advice from the workshop I did with Nancy Crow and trialled a composition in black and white fabrics. Binary notation was my inspiration source but when I showed my zeroes and ones to my husband, he thought I was referencing binary code and asked what I had spelled out?!Somewhere along the line, I also tried some other shibori and resist dyeing with dud results. So I took this turquoise fabric and teamed it with a sunshine yellow to make Binary Note #2. Building on my experience with the first binary piece, this composition better utilises the 12x12in quilt estate. Furthermore, if you add a zero to the front of the rows with only 7 digits and consult this handy binary alphabet translator, there is a theme-appropriate word in there. Thank you to Nikki for providing such a rich theme. I'm looking forward to finding out what theme Deborah sets for challenge #8.