Saturday, November 26, 2011
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Yes, I am sorry, but, despite the fact that I am delighted we have a new series and a theme and despite the fact that I am eager to get going, I am dilemma ridden. I will save one confusion for another day but let me ask you,Twelves and Readers alike, should the subject of a work of art be obvious to a viewer or need it only be in the recesses of the artists mind? Is the answer different when the work is made for a themed collection?
Let me more specific. I recently found an affordable (ish) copy of the award winning and out of print African Ceremonies by Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher. It is a two volume book in a slip case, weighs about the same as a six year old, and is full of lucious photos. Photos from it are also available in two different condensed versions which are genuinely affordable if anyone is interested.
I am reading the chapters about initiation ceremonies and about how inititates in some tribes are taken into the bush or the jungle and put through ceremonies which render them first helpless like young children again and then allow them to be ' reborn' as men. Metamorphosis in other words. The tribal body art and costumes are endessly Inspiring to me.
But if I made a quilt based on how those photographs translate into something else in my head, I doubt the viewer would look at it and, without a description, say," Oh, yes, metamorphosis". Or even " Oh, an initiation ceremony." I would hope they would see African / tribal / body art. And I think with a short statement the link would be crystal clear.
Normally, if the viewer found my art visually appealing and if it evoked somekind of emotional reaction in them I would be delighted and not care less if they understood that it was all about my interpretation of metamorphosis. In fact if they thought it was about something entirely different I would be delighted to hear their interpretation.But, if this quilt is to be part of a group of quilts all on the same theme, should my interpretation be clearer? Do you disagree with me that the art does not fail if it does not always convey the message the artist had in mind? Do you favour explanatory statements with quilts or not? Are you even awake and still reading?
Friday, November 18, 2011
Given my collection of shirtings, I could do my own take on Gabrielle Paquin's work and have my "Metamorphosis" done! But why would I do that when she has already done it to perfection? Well, I wouldn't, of course. It will be fun to dream up my own interpretation of metamorphosis, but it will be hard to pull my mind away from this lovely, lovely image.
Thank you so much Ted and Karen for such a beautiful and personal gift!
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Monday, November 14, 2011
Ted chose the quilt I made for the Kilauea color challenge, which I called "Slice." It's one of my favorites of the colorplay set so I was delighted that he picked it. Here's the actual quilt. I love love love how Ted got the texture in the colored stripes.
Since receiving it, we've had this in the center of the dining room table where we admire it daily. It gets lots of rave reviews from visitors, too. It even coordinated nicely with the Halloween quilt I bring out for the holiday.
To Karen and Ted, this was such a lovely and surprising idea. Ted, I'm in awe of your artistry in glass and am thrilled to have a piece of your work.
Thank you both so much!
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Here is mine. It's inspired by my chartreuse 12x12 quilt titled Approaching Departure, pictured below.
Ch-ch-ch-changes — some of us revel in them and some greet them with kicking and screaming. It has taken some time, but the Twelves are ready for a change.
First up, the size will now be 20 X 12 inches. Do you notice a number relationship there? (Note: the orientation will be vertical.)
Secondly, since the size is larger, we are going to do 5 quilts this year. The dates for our reveals are: Feb 12, May 1, July 12, Oct. I, Dec. 12.
And lastly, how will we select our themes? Diane drew five names at random. The five will have the honor of choosing the themes. My name came up first. I thought of a few words which have to do with changes and moving on, but ultimately, I kept going back to metamorphosis.
The dictionary gives the following definitions of met·a·mor·pho·sis
1. Biology. a profound change in form from one stage to the next in the life history of an organism, as from the caterpillar to the pupa and from the pupa to the adult butterfly.
2. a complete change of form, structure, or substance, as transformation by magic or witchcraft.
3. any complete change in appearance, character, circumstances, etc.
4. a form resulting from any such change.
We have not made a drastic change, but I think this word is a great metaphor for us as we move forward.
So, Twelves and friends of Twelves, let the creativity begin, again. I will be looking forward to your interpretation of this challenge.
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Stacked, my piece for the Chairs theme challenge and it is such fun to see the design rendered in another medium. Ted even captured the quilting lines. Thank you Ted for this very special gift.
Ted did a wonderful job with these plates and I'm thrilled to be in possession of one. Below is the quilt he based mine on...from the eggplant reveal. He truly is a glass artist!
Friday, November 11, 2011
Everyone has been so quiet about these fabulous plates. Apparently they had reached even the international Twelves weeks before mine arrived in Hawaii and no one let out a peep, lest the surprise be ruined. And what a wonderful surprise it was. I recognized my Grey Parrot quilt right away. I think that it is even better in glass than in fabric! We joked about Helen's husband Dennis being named 13 for his book hawking talents, so I propose Karen's hubby Ted be named 14 for his wonderful glass work and obvious dedication to the project!
Thanks, Karen and Ted!
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Monday, November 7, 2011
I made these replicas of our missing Twelves - Helen, Kirsty and Francoise. Many people got a kick out of seeing them there in our photos and at our exhibit table. Too bad they could not hear the love we heard about our exhibit or sign book after book. We all missed you three so much.
We are all tired and catching up on our lives at home. We promise to post more pictures as soon as possible.
Sunday, November 6, 2011
If you can't join us, keep the following exhibition dates in mind:
Friday, November 4, 2011
Here we are at dinner last night minus Kristin who took the photo. I brought Helen, Francoise and Kirsty with me. Can you find them in this photo?
We are having an amazing time and getting rave reviews on our exhibit. It is mind-blowing and exhilarating.