I knew right away that I wanted to do a piece about fog when Kirsten announced that our newest challenge was going to be gray. Growing up in the San Francisco bay area, I'm intimately acquainted with fog in all its forms -- from light and wispy to the solid wall of thick cottony fog I've encountered all my life driving into San Francisco on a summer day.
But how to illustrate fog? I wanted to suggest that sense of seeing bits of color and form through dense fog ... the way fog moves and hints at something hidden in it. I was considering different ways of going at that idea, when I decided to experiment and try the processes that led to this. I'll detail the steps over on my blog, but suffice it to say this started with hand-dyed fabric, then was machine quilted, discharged, washed and dried (for more crinkles), then painted.
Thinking of fog brought to mind the Carl Sandburg poem we've always said to Caroline as we drove to San Francisco and encountered billows of fog blowing across the highway as we approached the Golden Gate Bridge:
The fog creeps in on little cat feet.
It sit on silent haunches,
Looking over harbor and city,
And then moves on.
Here's a detail of the creeping cat, which is overlaid with some tulle:
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.