Thursday, November 04, 2010
Back to work
I haven't had a chance to do any work in my studio for several weeks now, so I am enjoying having some time alone to work this week.This is what is on my work table today. It doesn't look like much yet, but I am experimenting. I am working on trying to evoke a view of a rainy day outside a window. This is a start. I am trying to decide what more it needs. Do I need to actually paint some rain on it? Can I get an effect of rain with stitching? If so, what kind of stitching? Not beads. Don't suggest beads.
Our next High Fiber Diet show theme is "Northwest Vibes." First off, let me just say that I hate that theme. Not that I hate the Northwest part, though having done a lot of NW themed quilts lately, I am a little tired of it.. I think it is the word "vibes" that kind of puts my teeth on edge and dredges up visions of the '60s that I just don't want to think about right now. I could make a Jimmy Hendrix quilt—he was from Seattle—but I'm not going to go in that direction.
Rain is the cliche image for the Northwest. It may be a cliche, but it really is something that shapes the culture here to some degree. Not that I want to perpetuate the myth that it rains all the time here. It doesn't. But I think the amount of rainy weather has contributed to the way we structure our time here. To me a rainy day is an invitation to really revel in indoor pursuits—reading, writing, drawing, planning, stitching and surrounding myself with colors that deny the outside weather. There is a texture and quality to a rainy day that is calm and comforting and satisfying. How to evoke that visually—that's the challenge.