This time around I had the idea to remake a previous piece that I did, using the new color scheme and some newer ideas for working. I talked about it several weeks ago on the blog and showed the original piece, "Rice Bowl and Bird" and some elements of the new piece, including an early attempt that I discarded. Interesting to me that when I showed those early starts several people didn't like the second bird as well as the first and thought I should use the first bird with the second bowl. I guess I hadn't made it clear that I wasn't finished with either the bowl or the bird. I knew that adding stitching to the bird would change it dramatically, and it did.
The bird is my favorite part of the whole thing.
I wasn't crazy about the colors we were given and took liberties with them, using a much bluer shade of green than the one Deborah showed, but a green that I think of as closer to "sage." The coldness of the blue, green, and brown were very hard for me like, so I added the rich, warm orange. It really seemed to be the warmth it needed.
I really loved my idea of remaking an old piece. I will do this again. I keep all my drawings so it is relatively easy to do. If you look at the first "rice bowl and bird" you can surely see the relationship between the old one and the new one, but there are significant differences too.
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.