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Lucienne Day’s Textile of the Abstract

Fabric by Lucienne Day. Photo by Hannah Asprey.
Fabric by Lucienne Day. Photo by Hannah Asprey.

In my quest to find other “dynamic duo” creative couples, I found the British Lucienne and Robin Day.  Lucienne Day(1917-2010) designed fabrics the middle of the 20th Century inspired by plant forms, brilliant color, and modern art from artists such as Paul Klee and Joan Miro.  Her husband Robin was a furniture designer, and though they shared a studio, they worked independently.  There is a plethora of articles about how Day’s textile is more than “mere fabric” and reads like a painting rather than a textile, and that if it had been painting, she would’ve been more recognized, but Blake Gopnik does concede that Klee may have been influenced by textiles, with his designs covering the whole visual field, edge to edge.  My eye loves textiles, and I don’t see them as lacking in art.  I love that Day’s work is embraces abstraction.  Textile and quilt design is one of my greatest inspirations for my mosaics.  Textiles are art.  Women are artists.  What encouraging thoughts.


robin and lucienne day
Robin and Lucienne Day

Note:  These sneakers are more fabulous than I can even say!

Lucienne Day Converse Sneakers in Orange
Lucienne Day Converse Sneakers in Orange


Bonus Orange:  Paul Klee’s Double Tent.

Paul Klee. Double Tent.
Paul Klee. Double Tent.




S is For Snowcatcher and Her Crocheted Snowflakes

Snowflake in Crochet by Snowcatcher.
Snowflake in Crochet by Snowcatcher.

I enjoy the blog by  Snowcatcher, as does Stratoz, and when he won a cool crocheted talisman from her, Iluak the Inuksuk, Snowcatcher included one her snowflakes for me in the package.  It’s sparkly and exquisite, and I’ve hung it on the door inbetween my studio and Stratoz’s.

As she says in her Snowcatcher Etsy Shop:

Cycling Snowflake Designer Craves Vibrant Color

That’s me in six words! Fiber, photographic and digital art tickling creative desires, itching to escape my soul.

5 Fabulous Quilt and Textile Bloggers to Inspire Any Artist

Lime and Violet Log Cabin Mosaic by Margaret Almon of Nutmeg Designs
Lime and Violet Log Cabin Mosaic by Margaret Almon of Nutmeg Designs

Deciding to make quilt patterns in glass was one of the most exciting choices I’ve made as a mosaic artist.  The Log Cabin block in particular brings out my creativity and allows me to play with color.  The challenge of making scrap quilts gives me a good springboard for my own mosaics made of scraps of glass.  Stratoz creates a lot of glass bits in his studio, and I love putting them to good use.

Quilters also quite adept at blogging and I’d like to share some of my favorite quilt bloggers.  They are a storehouse of creative energy.

Barbara Brackman’s Material Culture: Information from a Quilt Historian About Quilt Fabric Past and Present

There is so much history encoded in different fabrics, and Barbara Brackman provides fascinating detail, and always has photos.  I especially enjoyed the Perkiomen Valley Patch, as I live very near the Perkiomen Valley in PA.

Lisa Call:  Contemporary Textile Art

Lisa Call says she creates vivid geometric abstract contemporary quilts.  I feel a kinship to her experimentation with color and her passion for her art.  She has an interesting post about working in a series, and the permutations the theme takes.

The Textile Blog

John Hopper writes about every imaginable textile from quilts to embroidery to macrame!  I’ve learned a lot from his meticulous research and writing.  He highlighted a contemporary quilt artist Paula Nadelstern and her cool kaleidescope quilts.

Sew On and On:  My Joyful Journey Through Arts and Life

Valerie Kamikubo populates her blog with visual treats, and her observations about art and creativity.  The colors in her post of dyeing fabric are very vibrant.

Planet Textile Threads(link currently not working)


Further Reading

Beautiful Thrift: Coin Quilt Patterns in Mosaic

Making a Variable Star Mosaic: Ohio Star

Over at Stratoz:

7 for the Weekend–Celebrating a 2009 Quilt Show

Stained Glass:  Bartering a Bear Paw Quilt Design

Quilt Shows in Pennsylvania