Carolyn Carson in her words:
Quilts are my medium of choice because they exemplify women’s work historically. In addition, I incorporate yarn that I have spun from wool and other fibers, also exemplary of women’s traditional work. I believe that utilizing traditional techniques in a contemporary way helps to draw attention to the lives of women. On a more personal level, it gives me a sense of continuity with other women – historically and globally.
This is color play at its most exquisite. Kathy K. Wylie created this quilt for a competition with the theme of color. She wanted to create a color wheel using hexagons, but finding enough fabric to do all the gradations of hue was a challenge. I love her solution of printing the hexagons onto fabric sheets, using the power of the computer to mix colors. Wylie started with cyan, magenta, and yellow, the classic three colors of digital printing, and named the quilt Trinity in their honor.
When I think of drab, I think of dull, but it actually refers to a color scheme made from quercitron dye, which includes shades of yellow, brown, orange and green. Quercitron was derived from the yellow inner bark of the black oak tree, and an Englishman observed the process in the US in 1785 and took out a patent in Britain, naming it after Quercus(oak) and Citrina(yellow). The type of mordent used to fix the quercitron dye produced the array of colors.
This quilt takes Log Cabin into Frank Gehry architecture. Contrast is like breathing room, with the grays and browns framing the bursts of orange and yellow.
When Stratoz and I went to the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza XX, this quilt was one of the first to catch my eye. When I looked up Linda Dixon, I discovered a post on her blog where she describes being inspired by a mosaic dome at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC.
I have often been energized by quilt designs in my mosaics, so it was very cool to discover a quilter inspired by a mosaic.
Ann Brauer makes quilts from color, from landscape, from beauty. I love how she lets the colors play off of each other, whether in intense jewel tones, rainbow progressions, or in letting flashes of brightness be wrapped in greys and browns. On twitter she made a comment that resonated with me about people not realizing they were looking for a quilt until they saw hers. We get ideas about what “quilts” are or what “mosaics” are. There is immense wonder in being wowed by an artwork, in responding before we even know what we are looking at.
The piece above, Ancient Light, is captivating with the windows of orange against the muted background. She wrote a blog post, Why Grey?
Why did I want to work in these colors again? What was it about them? Why was I drawn to these soft colors of slate and mist, mauve and taupe? Was it the trees in the winter? Their bark against the fallen leaves? Or the sky just before a snow storm? Those deep rich colors? Or just wanting to contrast these dark colors against clouds of light and promise?
I encourage you to check out her blog, which gives an inside look at the process of auditioning and choosing color, and the creation process of these amazing quilts.
More Orange Goodness on my Orange Tuesdays Pinterest Board
Wendy Hill’s Blog: QuiltMania Mania