Sunday, October 18, 2009

How DID She Do That?



I'm pretty good at "backwards engineering" things that I see. I can look at rather complex traditional quilts and find the repeating blocks. I can spot Photoshop jobs from a mile away. I can figure out how most art quilts I see have been constructed -- even if I have no clue what was going on in their maker's head when they were conceived.

But I can't separate the layers on Karen's shelter quilt, and I definitely couldn't have visualized what she did.

Karen's subtle layers of hand dyed cotton, painted sheers, and screen printing all blend masterfully to create a believable atmosphere. If only I could step into my computer screen I know I could walk up those steps and feel the misty air. This is one quilt that I long to see in person so it may unlock it's secrets to me.

6 comments:

Karen said...

I had so much fun making this, and it's my favorite of all my 12"s

Gerrie said...

I so agree, Kristin. Although, I have a pretty good handle on how she did it. It is the one that I wish I had made!!

Brenda said...

I'm looking forward to the possibility of a 12x12 retreat where we can all get our hands dirty and try out some of the different techniques.

Lisa said...

This IS Amazing work.

Diane said...

Excellent choice, Kristin! And I agree -it's among my favorites and I long to see it in person because it has such a sense of mystery about it.

Dotti said...

This quilt must be awesome. The photo of it is amazing but I already know these photos never do justice to the real mccoy, nor do they bring out all the layers.