Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Stitching begins with the sky, roof, tree and wall.

OK, so not a great deal to show but it's a big quilt!! 

This is part of the view through an open window to a zen garden. It will have a gravel garden with two trees. The background hut which you can see in the picture, is wooden with a corrugated roof. 

Of course - and I always say this! - it'll look better when it's painted. I have plans to do a bit of splashy stuff :)

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Life 5 - Shoji blinds and tatami mats

As you can see Life 5 is going to be large.  

I've spent a happy few hours researching shoji blinds and tatami mats and getting an idea of placement in the whole picture.  I find the easiest way to do this is to stick the quilt to the wall, and stand back.  By putting on bits of masking tape and moving them around, I can get a feel for distance, scale, and perspective. You can just see the tape on the white cotton below.

Things I've found out and will be in the picture!

Shoji blinds are those lovely paper screen within a wooden frame that divide rooms or go over doors and windows to provide privacy.

Tatami mats are what people sit on when going through the tea ceremony.  The mats are laid out in a very particular way - usually 4 around the outside and a half one in the centre.  How the mats are laid out determines how a person walks through the tea room. It's customary not to put your hands palm down on the mats, but to shuffle on your knees and the knuckles of your hands.

If you wear a kimono and walk on tatami mats, to avoid disturbing the mats, you need to shuffle. This slows you down, makes you walk in an erect and dignified manner, especially if you wear the slippery socks (tabi) with 2 toe spaces. 

The room often has a scroll with calligraphy, a flower arrangement, and incense burner. There are lots of imaginary lines crisscrossing the tearoom-based on the placement of the mats- and these are used to determine the exact placement of utensils etc.

Saturday, 15 September 2012

Well, the cloth's in place

The next stage is done!

I've been going a bit slowly haven't I?  Oh well, many other things to do at the moment. It's taken quite a time to get the cloth in the right place and all the curves properly aligned.

The stitching on the top of the tablecloth was drawn on, and then free machined.

The light will be hitting the top part of the cloth, and you won't see much except a blur of colour here and there, so if I'd have pieced this, it would have been too strongly defined.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

More sketchbook book pages

Just a couple of bits from the new sketchbook.  This is my new favourite effect; torn paper stuck and painted.

Below is a sample of screen printing (the daisy was a paper mask and the dye put over the top onto cotton)  A little doodle with pen, and a few stitches.

Saturday, 8 September 2012

Nearly finished the paper piecing...again!

Granted, it probably doesn't look a lot different to the last posting a few days ago.  I've just got this little corner to do though, and I'm finished!

Below: The whole section. It probably won't make much sense until it's painted.  My fingers are firmly crossed that it will work out - I never know because so much depends on if I can paint it properly.

Friday, 7 September 2012

Update - a way forward perhaps?

The last posting told of a new group on Facebook and a new blog, all about art quilting. Things have moved on at a pace, and the blog and page are still there and we'd love you to be part of that...but...

......there's so much discussion about the way forward for art quilts in the world of competition and Guild involvement, that we have decided to try and do something a bit more practical about it.

We have some ideas and want to think about them before saying or doing anything more. We have plans, but we want to try and give a considered and professional response to the problem.

In the meantime, we would still love to hear your views, especially about how you think  competitions and shows could be improved.

You are of course welcome to leave a comment here, but it would be much better to have one forum for your thoughts, and I wonder if you would mind going here and commenting instead?

Sunday, 2 September 2012

New stuff for chatty Art Quilters!

My dear chum Hilary Beattie   and myself have started a new Facebook page and blog for all those art quilters out there who'd like a new forum for discussion and a bit of light hearted banter.

Do come and join us, you'd all be most welcome!  Although it says UK Art Quilts, that doesn't mean it's for UK artists only. It's free and if you have a Facebook account just click "like" and you're in. It's just that in the UK we're a bit short of cutting edge art quilt discussions and we hope to be able to promote the idea and move quilting forward.  We know there are other groups already out there, but this is different, it's Hilary and me!!

The blog is for us to show photos, do artists profiles, competitions (over the ether using jpegs) or whatever you want really.

It's very early days and it may fizzle out I suppose, but Hilary and I are both passionate about it and would love it to succeed. However, it needs YOU, out there in computer land, to join us and enjoy it all....... and our appalling jokes!

Hope you can make it!