As time went on I've worried that I haven't been adventurous enough and that my quilts didn't qualify as 'art' quilts, but a theme speaks to you in a particular way and you kind of have to roll with it. All of the quilts I've made have things I don't like about them and almost all of them live in a drawer under my bed, but with each of them I've learned a lot (often about things that I would do differently given another opportunity!) and it has been an opportunity to work out the things that I'm interested in.
I thought I'd put them up in series below. They are a diverse bunch but I'm realising that some things are fairly constant; shot cotton (in particular Oakshott), silk, solids, and gold.
#1: The Moors
- inspired by the use of landscape in literature and the works of the Bronte sisters
Inspired by a work by the poet Basho, about a frog jumping into a pond.
#3: Mrs Midas
Inspired by the poem by Carol Ann Duffy.
Inspired by the landscapes in Anna Karenina.
At about this point we abandoned the previous 12x12 size restriction. In the first year it was a really interesting constraint to work in, and meant having to think in a very particular way about how to approach the theme. I found this a really satisfying challenge, but although some of the group more or less stuck to it, I think I would have eventually found it too difficult to keep up.
#1: 'Microscopic', Building blocks
I thought I'd start the Colour year with Black and White and treat the 'Microscopic' theme by drawing an analogy between quilt blocks and cells.
#2: 'Music', Rhapsody in Blue
Inspired by the piece of music, and the images it evokes of a city at night and a particular era.
#3: 'I've got the Blues'
A quilt which was supposed to represent the notes in the blues scale, in a way which was supposed to look like sparkles on water, but which didn't work out....
#4: 'Purple Passion', Anemones
Rare figurative quilt.
#1: 'Light in the Darkness'
I was thinking about light in the darkness as a source of comfort, or in terms of astronomy, or as a symbol of knowledge and evidence-based thinking, and the light of reason in the 'post-truth' era.
#2: 'Stained Glass Shadows'
About the qualities of light as it comes through coloured glass and falls on a surface.
Inspired by light coming from facets of my glass living-room doorknob and the way they look as I go past.
See my last post for a lengthy explanation...
One of the most fascinating and exciting things about belonging to the group was in seeing the different ways we all responded to a particular theme, and the very different styles and techniques we used. If you keep an eye open for 'retrospectives' from the other members (Elizabeth has already done one here) you will see what I mean. I've learned such a lot from this group.
Four in Art has now come to an end, but Janine, Nancy and I are moving forward with eleven other members and a new group - 'the Endeavourers'. Our first theme is Nature, and our first ever reveal will be on 1 February.