The first thing I do when starting a new project is to brainstorm in my sketchbook. It's not very pretty, usually done with whatever writing implement is within reach. This is just a conversation between me and myself. I tend to jot down word associations, references to photos or books I have, or I sketch a sort of shorthand of a composition. Sometimes I stick in images torn from magazines, or sticky notes written when inspiration stuck and my sketchbook was not around.
Sometimes I get as far as coloring in something, but that's rare since I do the bulk of the decision-making with actual fabrics and it's so difficult to replicate those kind of relationships in pencil or paint. This time it did work since the colors don't need to be specific at this point. We'll see where it goes from here...
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.