Thursday, January 05, 2006

The Studio Dance
Determined to get a jump on the day I rushed down to my studio about 12:30 pm. I wasted hours dinkin' around with my laptop trying to get it to work, and then finally decided to just make us a big lunch so I could prevent interruptions once I finally got down there.
Starting a new work is fraught with butterflies in the stomach. I have the sketches, plus two new ones since my midnight design frenzy. First one must sweep the floor, and then clear off the work table and remove hanging quilts on the design wall to prepare a space for the work.
Then one must make the decision about where to start...arrgghh. My design is layers of shapes starting with the lightest values and then mediums and then darks, so I unrolled and rerolled the larger pieces of the lights to begin.
These are all single layers, prefused and ready to grab should they be just the right color. I consider this my new big discovery of how to keep control over my fabric. DUH. Well, some dogs take a long time to learn how to fetch.
I also have a lot of leftovers from previous work, already in semi-compositional states of readiness. One never knows when something already constructede will be 'just the right thing' for a certain spot. I am working improvisationally from two sketches and still haven't a clue how to begin.
When in doubt, make strip piecing, I always say. This action gets me going on the fabric that will actually go into the quilt, at least I hope so.
What you see below is the teflon baking sheet that I recently found on a good shopping day at TJMAXX. It is about 16x23, and while I would rather it weren't black, it certainly provides a wonderful release when fusing fabric onto it.
For years I just used the Wonder-Under release paper and while that works ( I still save every bit of it), it dries out after repeated ironings and gets crinkly and must be discarded and replaced with new paper. This baking sheet also stays hotter so that is helps keep the fabric adhered a bit so that the next piece is easier to attach and fuse.
I made several more semi compositions and placed them on the wall trying to work them into the design in mind. However nice they were, I couldn't force them to work, so I took a look at the drawings, and decided they need to be copied larger and darker so I could have one for the wall and one for the work surface.


On the left, the tiny wimpy sketch, and on the right the bigger bolder more assertive copy. The copy didn't have the tentative quality of the original sketch and it certainly made me feel more confident.

So putting the copy on the wall made me see that I need to actually make the pieces that the drawing described. Another dope slap! Once I started making the shapes suggested by the sketch I was off and running. So today I am ready to move forward on the piece, after I meet with Frieda for coffee, go to the library and redeem my gift certificate at the yarn store. woowoo!

8 comments:

  1. I can not wait to see this one go from sketch to quilt! I absolutely LOVE the proportions of the sketch. Thank you so much for taking us along every day. After waking my kids up in the morning for my morning hugs, it is the favorite part of my morning.

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  2. This is the kind of avoidance behavior that I totally understand. Sort of like circling around the landing field just waiting for the right time to actually land. Doing the same thing myself right about now :)

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  3. Thanks for sharing the excellent idea about making the sketch bolder. As always, I look forward to seeing the work develop. Jen

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  4. I'm seeing human figures in this series... is that intentional or just a product of the cruciform shape? Just wondering!

    Love this series and as always, thanks for the peek into your creative process.

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  5. Thanks for sharing your creative process....I read your blog daily...it starts my day.

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  6. I love the colors and the design. The teflon sheet fascinates me... it's big. You found that at TJ Maxx? What department? You are a great shopper, too!!

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  7. Anonymous10:19 PM

    So I said to him: "Take the crossover bolt off, and lower the tranny..." He laughed, and shirked off my suggestion. Ten minutes later, I was covered in trans oil, and trying to get the grit out of my shoes. Somewhere along the way, we had lost the drainplug. Not to worry, I had a full roll of duct tape, and a metric 4.5mm tap. We had success!

    OOPS!!! Is this a FIBERBLOG? Shame on me, I must have made a boo boo.

    I MEANT to talk about FIBER! Bran muffins, Asparaguts, and hemp.

    Wait a minute here.. CLOTH FIBER? Colors and designs? No tranny fluid? No breakfast muffins with the little chocolate chips?

    Ok, I think I have it now.

    I read the comments, and I do agree fully.. This has all the auspice of yet another full blown artistic cornerstone. I do await the development, and new 'trend' that this artist has in mind. I like the cruciform sense in the medium.. It could prove to be a multi-piece theme.

    Line up now.. I think that watching this in motion will far eclipse watching corn grow. Bravo Ms. Mel!

    Signed, Jedi Master. (Her non-geek brother)

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