Sunday, March 16, 2014

Tangled Textiles Reveal

Today is the reveal for the latest Tangled Textiles challenge, Artistic License.  I chose to learn a little more about the minimalist artists that followed in Piet Mondrian's footsteps.  I found several that I liked- but of course, I neglected to write down any of the names I googled.  It's a search I will probably do again, since I found some art that I really liked.

However, my piece definitely harks back to Mondrian, with a few 'licenses'.  

Mondrian used primary colors, I used secondary.  He framed his color blocks in black, I used white.  I also used one fabric that has visual texture, another difference from Mondrian.  I'm still trying to find ways to showcase hand dyed fabric surrounded by solids.

I also posed myself some other questions.  What if I used two colors of thread when quilting?  What if I used squares and rectangles as my quilting designs, but created another layer of  design instead of following the fabrics?

It was really interesting to see how the change in thread color impacted the look of the quilt, especially in the snow dyed fabric.

Figuring out what to do for the last few challenges has really been a struggle for me.  I just don't seem to have the emotional space or energy to enjoy the longer creative process inherent in fiber art at this time of my life.  However, that might start to change in the near future.  Shannon is moving to Colorado next week to start a nursing program.  She has a place to live there, but is moving before getting a job- hopefully not too much of a difficulty.

Sean graduated a week ago, and is in San Francisco all next week at a game design convention, also hoping to land a job.  I'm proud of all the hard work he put into his program, and just pray it will all come together for him and his family.  I got to make one last trip to Florida for his graduation- a rather quick one, and any plans we'd had for entertainment got washed away in the rain that fell right after I arrived.  (Truthfully, don't care if I never see Orlando again!!)

So there you have it- not much blogging going on, probably another victim of my lack of emotional space and energy.  I'm hoping the arrival of warmer weather, along with good news for my adult children, will help change that.

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