Sunday, November 27, 2005

Starting

I began my new work yesterday, and although I planned on 48x60 it turned out to be 40x50, not as large but just about as substantial. It could possibly grow, but it won't be because I put stinkin' borders on it.
I plan on doing all the things I pound into my students.
1. Simplfy
2. Don't goop it up, see #1
3. Use a limited color scheme
4. Include space for nice quilting.
5. Use the best fabrics

I have my new Ton Schulten books and calendars to remind me of my goal. However this is not a pictorial design. Nope. I will use the ideas in his work to clarify my ideas. Which are

Big chunks of color.
I had photographed a fabric sketch which I then turned into a black and white and shrunk/stretched to fit the dimensions 4.8x6". Then I copied it onto a transparency and projected it onto my wall. In this case I used actual paper pinned to my working wall and am putting up the pieces in their places as I work. Haven't worked like this in years... but it is keeping me organized a little better. The pieces are so much larger than my usual sized quilts that I know I will finish this top today.

The computer can only do so much for me, and then I have to use my imagination to complete the work. Making my 'roadmap' in black and white makes it so much easier to work with values
and I find myself searching for really dark darks and really light lights.
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I bought a new camera to replace the one I lost in San Francisco. My friend Frieda bought one first and being two peas in a pod, I went ahead and ordered one online that is dizactly like hers.
I think this will prevent competition. We also have the same sewing machine, and the same digital projector. We may not actually be sisters, but this relationship is a very close second.

7 comments:

  1. Melody,

    Did you choose 4.8" x 6" for a reason? Is that the Golden Rectangle formula? I'm really looking forward to seeing your new work. When I need to get a new camera, I'm just coming back to this blog entry to see what you bought. Have you listened to Karoda and Elle's audio posts?

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  2. I'm so looking forward to seeing your new work. I really liked the pics you posted of Ton Schulten. Thank God you have a new digi cam, now you can post your work and satisfy my curiosity ;-)

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  3. Thanks for the reminder of the rules! Always good advice. No melted tyvek or angelina fibers here!!

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