Yes, I am still here! What happened to me since my last post? Well, things like chocolate chip cookies, writing poetry, planting seeds, fresh baked bread, spring flowers, bird watching and so on. Of course, I have been stitching too, though my color and design project is definitely going to be a two year endeavor. Other than the neutral palette pieces that I have previously introduced, I have pieces started for the second workshop (monochrome) and the third workshop (complementary color). Additionally, I have selected fabric for no less than six collages dealing with the fourth workshop, complex complements. I’m getting back on track with posting once a week here, so please check back for profiles of my continuing color adventures. I will discuss the monochrome workshop next week. Meanwhile, here is a picture of one of my neutral palette collages with some stitching:
The first workshop also incorporates an investigation of balance as it relates to art design. This is the example for radial balance, where the design emerges from a main focal point. This particular collage also uses informal or asymmetrical balance, even though I have another collage for that type of balance. I am finding that some pieces of art straddle more than one category of certain design elements. In these cases, a piece of art will usually be a better representative of one category more than another. When I finish my intended sample of informal balance, I will post it alongside this radial balance piece, and I’ll compare and contrast the two.
Until next week, I will keep stitching, and searching for the ultimate chocolate chip cookie.
Already, I have made my yearlong color and design project more complicated than I intended, but I am having fun with it. I have taken to heart my own advice to play with the elements of composition. My monthly goals have been revised a bit, I am going to aim for having the fabric pieces placed by the end of each month. The stitching on these will take much longer, especially since I started out by trying to make five wall hangings for January’s workshop on balance using a neutral palette. This has been an unusually snowy winter in my part of Ohio, the neutral palette required of this workshop is exactly what I see outside. Here is what I have so far:
Formal or Symmetrical Balance
Informal or Asymmetrical Balance
I have several questions that I keep asking myself about the pieces as I work on them. Am I using the full range of values (light to dark)? Is the viewer’s attention going to move all around the piece? Will I want to keep looking at each piece? Is it something I want to live with?
There are more things to think about when evaluating artwork. Right now, I need to think about workshop #2, February is half over already.
Take a look at these three small wall hangings.
What do you think? Does one “speak” to you more than the other two?
These are not my latest creations, I made them in 2014 when I set out to complete all twelve of the design exploration workshops in A Fiber Artist’s Guide to Color & Design by Heather Thomas (Landauer, 2011). You can definitely see how I was influenced by the collages of Kurt Schwitters.
The one at top left has been hanging in my sewing room, the other two have been in a suitcase, bumping along to the quilt shows, hoping to find new homes. I dug them out today while looking for something else, and I am thinking of adding more hand stitching to the two that have been packed away. I have since learned many more embroidery stitches, and looking at these early pieces, I think I could improve them a bit. I don’t want to spend much more time on them, and I definitely do not want to make a habit of re-doing older pieces, but I really like this group, and I want to give myself a week to see what I can do with them. In the very near future, I am going to start over with the workshops from the book. I want to get through all twelve lessons in 2020.