Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Panda Chocolate

I have a whole series of quilts inspired by the organic splendour and variety of grasses and this seemed like a splendid occasion to add a touch of chartreuse to the collection. When I was visiting Kirsty for the Australian launch of our BOOK, I spied a rich chartreuse and brown pair of fabrics in her shop.  I started sewing them together in strata layers. I then cross cut some strips and added insertions to make two quilts.  The first was Chocolate & Pistachio, the second is Bamboo:
Bamboo by Brenda Gael Smith
It's fascinating to see how small changes in proportions can radically change the positive and negative space in a piece.  Bamboo is much more gentle on the eye in real life than this photo would suggest.  You'll just have to view the Colourplay quilts at Houston to see if you agree!

15 comments:

stART said...

Chartreuse and brown is one of my favourite colour combos - gorgeous!

Michigoose said...

Love the name! At first, I thought it was the name of a brand, then when I opened the blog (not just the thumbnail from the Blogger updates list on my dashboard I started to laugh out loud as I recognized it as bamboo immediately! How fun!

Lisa Quintana

Helen Conway said...

This is like one of those optical illusions like the vase which is really a pair of heads. For a good five mins I could only see the grid of the chocolate colured lines and the quilt looked harsh and quite industrial. I checked out Chocolate and Pistacio again and could not work out why you didn't prefer that one as your reveal quilt. Then I flicked back, sat back from the screen and - wham! Bamboo! NOW I get it ! And love it.

Karen said...

I flipped back and forth also and was surprised by how much you changed the image with the placement of the lines. Very cool Brenda.

Gerrie said...

The chartreuse and brown is a great combo! I love how you created this.

Diane said...

This is a perfect addition to your lines work, Brenda, and it instantly conjures bamboo for me even without the title. It's got your trademark elegant simplicity.

Kristin L said...

Yes, what Diane said! It's such a great exercise to look at both this piece and the chocolate & pistachio piece and see how such a subtle change can make such a dramatic difference. I like this departure, though it would be fun to see your "Chocolate" interpreted in many different color combinations. I could also easily imagine a Brenda Gael Smith grass and lines show soon.

Vivien Zepf said...

So totally bamboo!

Terri Stegmiller said...

I really like this one, but I liked the first one, Chocolate & Pistachio, too. I'd like to see them next to each other.

kirsty said...

Having seen the 'conception' of this piece (so to speak!), I'm fascinated with where you ended up, Brenda. To be so obviously bamboo with just two colours and (very deceptively) simple piecing is rather extraordinary.

Deborah Boschert said...

As usual, you are such a master at piecing lovely curved lines and subtle variation is width. I know this is carefully planned. The work is well worth it. This is a lovely piece!

Terry said...

Very striking and graphic. Like, Gerrie's I could see this printed as yardage. It would be stunning!

nicolette said...

I love the way you really achived to make bamboo with only two colours. BeautifuL!

Brenda Gael Smith said...

Thanks for your comments everyone. I chose Bamboo as my official contribution to this challenge since the Chocolate & Pistachio piece is very similar to dark Organic Chocolate from the Theme series.

Françoise said...

Bamboo shoots and chocolate! Yummy! ;-)
What a great quilt Brenda!