I hope you've all enjoyed this Pink challenge as much as I have. I'm excited that we're launching a whole new set of "Colorplay" challenges -- I wonder if it was easier or harder that the theme this time was stated in one simple word? I know the color pink proved difficult (and even unpleasant) for a few of you, and I appreciate your moving forward and working with the theme anyway. That's why they call these "challenges," right?! (Hmm, just gets me thinking -- I wonder if there's a way to "illustrate" a color without using that color?)
Anyway. My personal challenge to myself is to try to stay away from literal or representational responses in these challenges -- that's the first place my mind goes and it's hard for me to go anywhere abstract. I'm thinking that these color challenges will be a good exercise for me and I plan to force myself to do abstract responses. We'll see how that goes.
With that in mind, I set out to create something that illustrated the feelings I think pink evokes for me. I thought about softness -- no straight lines, no angles, just curves and flow. I wanted to try to convey a sense of happy whimsy, something that made me smile without thinking about why. I sketched lots of lines, and ended up with this. I never specifically thought about "ribbons" and once I got this together, it reminded me of strands of girls' hair. So there is a sense of femininity about this, which seems fitting.
My original plan was to applique the two curls (in commercial fabrics) and have the others just indicated by stitching lines. I actually did a bit of trapunto by putting double layers of batting behind the strands but not the backgrounds -- it's not really evidence in the photo but adds some slight dimension in person. However (maybe because of the mottled background?) the curls that were only defined by stitching just didn't stand out very well. Out came my trusty Neocolor crayons, and I gave them more definition.
I auditioned lots of quilting lines, and ultimately went for the overall curly look.
I am exercising great restraint, writing this up before looking at the pieces that have already been posted. I can't wait to see what you all have done!
We are twelve quilt artists who embarked on an art challenge together. We're from different places throughout the world and our artistic styles vary, but we share a love of art quilting and a desire to play, experiment, learn, and grow.
For four years (2007-2011), we each made a 12x12 inch quilted art piece on a designated theme or palette. See our Theme Series and our Colorplay series.
For the 2012 Series, we changed things a bit and made rectangular pieces, 20x12 inches with roughly 10 weeks between each challenge. As before, we had a designated theme for each challenge.
We shared our process, progress, and results on this blog. It remains a key record of our rich collaboration.