When I was first attracted to quilts it was the patterns and colors that pulled me in. This all began for me in 1960. I made my first quilt top that year.
After a while, in the 1980's, I wanted not only to make my own patterns, but to 'break my own pattern rules' too. I began working on a project not with a fixed idea of what I wanted something to look like, but with an idea that I wanted to play with.
Sometimes my projects departed entirely away from patterns altogether, & what a liberation.
partial image-- Seven Suits on a Green Field
detail- Summer in Sweden
detail- Quilt for Baby Max
These are all from the last 10 or so years. Some are more pattern-y than others.
So my friend Sal suggested that I might start trying incorporating a sense of depth in my imagery.
I went mentally/psychologically into reverse.
I wrote her:
I have been thinking about that 'depth-thought' quite a bit.
What I have been saYING TO MY INNER SELF IS, YOU KNOW, DApHNE, I REALLY LIKE TWO DIMENSIONAL WORK. [oops, caps]. That was what led me into quilting in the 1st place.
So I don't have a big investment/value on 3-D.
What a thought that I had never thunk before.
How amazing a realization is that?
In truth, I was terrified of the thought. I had no idea how to 'do depth', & I had limitless ideas about what I was already doing. Why change? And furthermore Sal could talk cogently about how you create the illusion of depth & I would go further into my fearfulness. I could hardly take in her words!! Wowzer.
My next chapter. I looked at the two books I had just gotten & see if I could see anything that interested me in the zone that Sal was encouraging me in. Masters of Art Quilts Vol. 1 & 2.
I've combed through quilt books for many different reasons, but this was a new one. Book marks went in. I was shocked again at how little I cared about "pictorial quilts". They have depth, all right, but I am more interested in abstraction than representational work.
I was also shocked at how many fabric artists/quilters have gone into representational work-- portraits, florals, scenery, political protests, & so on. And overall there is huge variety of techniques, styles, & so on & on& on.
Ok, I thought, now I wonder if I look at the photos I have of my earlier work if I have any examples of depth that I might have done 'by mistake'. Well, I had!
Please forgive photography here. These are photos of photos, & I had lighting problems!
New Invades Old -- black & white snakes go over leaves & weave through framing borders.
Rose Lattice -- rosy stripes on top of black & blue stripes
Butterscotch Mountains (detail) -- mountains on top of the striped background blocks
Miro Moves -- simple placement of cloth over larger background cloth & color choices for background
Windows on Fall-- the dark window panes and the less dark frames create depth
Spirit of Fall-- it's the presence of the black that does it, but only almost does it.
Double X Snow Blanket-- This one is pretty rule-bound as a pattern, but the 'snow' is in front of everything else.
Well, this has been quite the little journey for the last week.
Stay tuned, dear readers.
That's it for now.