Saturday, October 31, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
I have an idea (and it doesn't involve flowers) but need a break in my calendar to explore it more.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Kirsty and I will both be accompanying the 144 art quilts from our first Theme series to the AQC exhibition and will be giving floor talks. In additon, I will be teaching four, one day workshops ranging from Scrap Queen Odyssey to Stacks of Improvisation. The full tutor list and workshop program for the Australasian Quilt Convention 2010 can now be viewed at online and bookings open at 9am on Monday, 26 October 2009.
Friday, October 23, 2009
I have grown to know, respect, appreciate and completely enjoy every moment with the eleven other artists. A delightful surprise.
Also, I've created a body of work with my 12 pieces that I am very proud of and is a great representation of me as an artist. Who knew I was essentially creating a portfolio for myself? I would guess several of the other 12s would say the same thing. A delightful surprise.
As far as surprising quilts, where to begin?
Surprisingly similar: Chocolate quilts by me, Brenda and Nikki.
Surprisingly realistic: Diane's Shelter quilt
There are other quilts with lots of realism, but several of them include image transfer of photographs (which is wonderful!). I love this image that Diane created exclusively with fabric and thread!
Surprisingly candid: Terry's Chair quilt
Terry shared a lovely story about spending time with her granddaughter and her cousin. This quilt is so evocative of those experiences.
Surprisingly moving: Kristin's Twelve quilt
Surprisingly educational: Helen's Illumination quilt
I was totally unaware of Blackpool or Blackpool rock candy. Helen's original blog post was so interesting and I did quite a bit of internet surfing, "research" and reading about it after seeing this quilt.
I can't wait to see what surprises will come with the next round of "colorplay" quilts!
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Karen used beautiful sequined Indian fabrics and beads to illustrate the eastern religious idea of illumination signifying enlightenment. The sequins and beads make the piece sparkle!
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
I found it very difficult to choose the most humorous quilt out of all 144 (actually 132, because I wasn’t counting mine). Mainly because all of the quilts were created by such talented artists and each quilt exudes the artist’s creativity, thought processes, and inspiration.
I’ve chosen two for this award. One of those is Helen’s Blackpool Rocks quilt. Just looking at this quilt in action puts a smile on your face. Who would have thought to put a swirling, twirling, illuminated light wand onto a quilt? Why Helen, of course! But once you read Helen’s thoughts and history on her quilt, you soon find that humor replaced with reality.
The other quilt I’ve given this award to is Gerrie’s Passion quilt, Satin Sheets. With Gerrie’s quilt, you actually have to get the story behind the quilt to understand the humor. On first glimpse of the quilt you may not realize exactly what she is trying to say, therefore, the description and quilt must work together.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
If you had asked me to play this game two years ago, pretty much all of the 144 works in the first series would have been eligible for this award. Not because any Twelve has necessarily departed from her trademark style but because back in 2007 (doesn't that sound a long time ago!) I didn't know some of my fellow Twelves and, even if I'd admired their work on their blogs, I wasn't at all familiar with their personal motifs and preferred media and techniques.
Fast forward two years and I think we all know a lot more about each other and our art. In the case of Nikki, I associate her creations with mixed-media exuberance - colourful yarns; a sprinkling of bling; beads, buttons and embellishments; layers of paint and colour; often enhanced by intensely machine-quilted texture. And just when I thought I had my new friend all figured out, she presented us with "something new" - Mom's Hideout, a gentle, restrained, contemplative piece with the image created entirely by hand stitching. I would never have guessed but I'm very glad Nikki shared this with us.
Which Twelve by Twelve quilt do you think is the Biggest Departure from Style?
Monday, October 19, 2009
I set about circling all the ones I thought used a lot of different colors, and came up with 34! OK, maybe I'm looking at this from the wrong direction. I thought about it for a while and came up with 2 new "subcategories" within most colorful.
The first award is "The Twelve that uses the most color in her quilts", and that award goes to Diane. Although everyone of us had at least one piece with a rainbow of colors, Diane had several, including "All Togehter Now" in the Community theme, and the wonderful "All Hands" in our "Twelve" theme.
The second category is "Most Colorful Theme", and that award goes to "Twelve". This was really a judgement call on my part, as several themes used a lot of color, but on this theme the variety of colors really stood out, including Gerrie's "The Twelves", Kirsten's "Midway", Terri's "12x12 The Board Game", Deborah's "Seven Houses, 5 Trees", Terry's "Twelfth of Twelve", and Nikki's "The Kissing Number".
Sunday, October 18, 2009
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.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Not only did Kristin choose to make a quilt about the destroying power of water, but she actually did use materials that can be destroyed by water. Soluble thread and interfacing, basting glue, watercolours...
And, can you imagine that she's planning to, one day, pour water on her quilt to ruin it? Such a lovely piece of work!
Kristin, if you really do this, I want to be present that day. And I guess all the other twelves will want to be there too... (Hawaii would be the perfect place, after our exhibitions of course.)
Friday, October 16, 2009
You have now seen all 144 examples of the art created by the 12x12 quilt artists. I submit to you: they are a rowdy bunch, undisciplined and even messy in their studios, unpredictable and unrestrained in their choices of colors and materials. They are not an orderly group. (To be fair, they do meet their deadlines.)
With what infractions can they charged? Imperfect points? Haphazard stitching? Uneven edging? No! Such petty rules do not apply to these artistic conspirators. Instead, I offer for your consideration the following indictments:
Identity Theft: Terri
For using faces so beautifully in her quilts
Inflaming the Emotions of the Jury: Helen
For capturing our attention with moving stories behind her quilts
Embellishing her testimony: Nikki
For including wonderful beadwork, stitching and other marvelous detail work in her quilts
For making the most amazing quilts at the last minute
Repeat Offender: Francoise
For creating a set of work with a consistency of style and color resulting in elegant cohesion
Walking the line: Terry
For using line so wonderfully as a strong design element in her pieces
For incorporating such thoughtful and complex layers of meaning in her quilts
Carrying concealed weapons: Deborah
For consistent and inspirational use of a personal symbology and color palette in her pieces
... in COLOR that is, for her delightful use of a multitude of color in her pieces
Caught red handed: Karen
That's paint and ink, I hope... For using such impressive surface design techniques in her pieces (Gerrie qualifies as an accessory to this, as well)
Double Jeopdardy and Murder: Brenda
For producing so many alternative entries in the challenge rounds AND for causing so much fabric to DYE (undoubtedly qualifying for the Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity defense)
Jury, what say you?
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Helen sewed and quilted real maps. Helen used real coins. Helen used rolled paper documents. But I think Helen really blew us away when she revealed her "Illumination" piece and it was really illuminated. With real light—that moved—and changed.
Here is what it looks like in daylight. That's a party wand gizmo attached to the front of the piece.
Now, turn out the lights, turn on the wand, and this is what you see.
Go to her original post here to see more, including a short video of this piece in action, and read what it all means. It is not all sweetness and light.
Helen never fails to surprise, delight, inform and make us think. I am so happy that the 12 x 12 project has brought her into my life!
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
*dah dah da da daaaah*
"I Am More" by Terry and "Latent Colour" by Diane.
It's hard to imagine two more similar quilts being made in these circumstances. Whilst a large view shows just how very different each quilt is from the other, at thumbnail size they are most definitely twins. Amusingly, they also have a younger set of quad siblings - "Pop Art Identity" by Gerrie.
It was a close run competition, this one, but Terry and Diane were clearly the winners because they actually did it twice. Look at their Illumination quilts (Terry's Japanese Lanterns on the left, Diane's Happy Lanterns on the right)...
I have to add another award here (and then very tastelessly award it to myself) because it has been mentioned by more than one Twelve that the following two quilts are also rather closely related. So the Before and After Award goes to Nikki's Twelve quilt "The Kissing Number" and my Passion quilt "Oh". I leave it to you to draw the parallels...
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
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And, in case you are just joining the party, we are celebrating the completion of our first series of Theme works by sharing some light-hearted awards. Starting on October 12th, we will each post highlighting some of our favorite surprising and silly quilts. We invite our readers to think about what quilts you'd give these awards to and come back to let us know in the comments on those days. Everyone that leaves a comment on these posts goes into a draw to win some freshly minted postcards featuring the theme mosaic shown on our new blog button.
So far Gerrie has presented the "Also Ran" award and Helen has shared "The One I Wish I Had Made...". Coming up are:
- October 14th: Kirsten: Separated at Birth
- October 15th: Terry: Most Creative Use of Materials
- October 16th: Diane: Most Likely to Get Pulled Over By The Quilt Police
- October 17th: Françoise: Biggest Stretch of the Theme
- October 18th: Kristin: How DID She Do That?
- October 19th: Karen: Most Colorful
- October 20th: Brenda: I Would Never Have Guessed (Biggest Departure of Style)
- October 21st: Terri: Most Humorous
- October 22nd: Nikki: Most Bling
- October 23rd: Deborah: Most Unexpected
Monday, October 12, 2009
Diane, Terry and I made an extra piece for only one of the themes — Diane and I for chocolate and Terry for Shelter.
The others may have had other great ideas, but only completed the pieces that were shown on the blog.
I have been asked to select my favorite Also Ran. That was easy and probably because I had seen it in person. That would be one of the pieces that Terry made for Shelter. You see it at the beginning of this post. It was a pictorial representation of her, then, new home. The colors make the home look warm and welcoming. I also like the way Terry stylized the tree, shrubs and plants. She ended up doing a piece with strong, simple graphic elements, a quite different interpretation of shelter. And because Terry is so talented, they are both terrific.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
We were recently in Washington D.C. and this Gauguin caught my eye, especially for the way he used pink in it.
Maybe I can get into pink. I tried using pink to recolor a recent airplane window photo I took.
The wheels are turning . . .
Friday, October 9, 2009
Terri updates her blog regularly (don't miss out on her studio tour) along with her extensive Etsy store. You can also purchase Terri's books from her website and sign up for online classes through Two Creative Studios.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Edges special exhibit at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, October 15 - 18 2009.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
In true graduate yearbook style, we're celebrating by giving out goofy awards. Starting on October 12th we will each post highlighting some of our favorite surprising and silly quilts. We invite our readers to think about what quilts you'd give these awards to and come back to let us know in the comments on those days.
October 12th: Gerrie: Favorite "Also Ran"
October 13th: Helen: The One I Wished I Had Made
October 14th: Kirsten: Separated at Birth
October 15th: Terry: Most Creative Use of Materials
October 16th: Diane: Most Likely to Get Pulled Over By The Quilt Police
October 17th: Françoise: Biggest Stretch of the Theme
October 18th: Kristin: How DID She Do That?
October 19th: Karen: Most Colorful
October 20th: Brenda: I Would Never Have Guessed (Biggest Departure of Style)
October 21st: Terri: Most Humorous
October 22nd: Nikki: Most Bling
October 23rd: Deborah: Most Unexpected
Kristin La Flamme is home to her blog and a gallery of her textile works including "Rooted VII, Aquifer" which has been juried into IQF's Tactile Architecture 2009 exhibiting at IQF Houston, Oct 15-18 2009, IQF Chicago, April 2010 and IQF Long Beach, July 2010.