Sunday, January 8, 2017

Looking Back At My Work And Looking Forward

As I am getting ready for my show I am looking back at both recent work and work from years ago.
Sacred spirits for walgreens 8 x 10
Christmas and the quilts the family chose also has me looking back at older work.
As I look at each piece I see some of the thought and design process what went into each piece.
But I also can not tell you exactly how I created most of them.

I may or may not start with a general idea and them make choices as the work tells me what it needs.
I would be hard pressed to duplicate most anything I have created in the last 20 years. The work I created before that may have been more “planned out” before I started making it.
I love the fact that I can see a very definite progression in the work I am creating now as compared to my early work.
Yet many people have said they can spot a piece and know I was the creator.
I do have to give credit to the fabrics. When I started making quilts there was very little suitable fabric available to make a quilt. Today there is more commercial fabric available than any time in history.
Add to that the artist made fabrics that we create with and there are no boundaries.

I do remember when I said I wouldn’t dye fabric as was too much work and I bought the fabrics from other dyers. The raisin colored fabric was dyed by me but the other fabrics were purchased from another dyer.
Today I am dyeing and painting all the fabrics I am using currently. This may change.
monets garden 1
I have been asked if I will continue on the path I am currently on, I have thought long and hard about this. I feel there are still a lot of stories to tell and expect to continue creating my own fabric and using it to create art. I also am considering using some of my fabrics and using them with commercial fabrics or antique textiles. The sky IS the limit and I know I will just go where the wind blows as I live a serendipitous life and create in a serendipitous way.


Kate said...

Gorgeous quilts and such a lot of work!

Tammy Stack said...

your projects inspire me--someday I will dye too.
Thanks for the inspiration.