Showing posts with label August Concept. Show all posts
Showing posts with label August Concept. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Bridge out--expect delays: jdemilo

Yeap, the bridge started out well but then turned into a disaster!  If you would like the blow by blow account of the failure please check out my blog.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Under The Bridge - Nellie

"Under the Bridge" 13" x 17"

Fabric, tulle, mono filament thread,
oil stick pastels, inkjet printing
It's the reflections in the water as well as the bridge that captured my attention ... the reflection of the one large building in particular.
I had masked that off from the rest of the photo so I could play with Photoshops filters on the top portion of the picture.  When I hit on the above combination, I got excited about mixing the realistic reflection in the water with an impression of the actual scene.  Woo Hoo!  I get to use my "ortwork" collage technique.

I printed two copies of the reflection on "InkJetPrinting" fabric by Jacquard.
This was because I needed more than one width of the 11" across that prepared fabric.  I rotary cut each of them into sections and then gave those serpentine edges.  Then they were combined to portray the building and fill out the dimension to the 13" that all of my IT pieces measure.
Those bits cut away from the serpentine edges became reflections in the water ... along with a lot of threads, bits of roving, and "stuff".
I let that one building fill the width at the top of the piece.
The collage work made the details.  The people in Beverly's photo look as though they're having a good time.  I added many more revelers partying on the bridge.

And then I fell in love with the bridge.

I hadn't intended to make it so solid and realistic ... that happened with the quilting.  So it has become the focal point.  Of course, it's commanding the prime visual spot of just above the center in the composition which ensures attention.

Even though my life has been hectically full for the last two months, this challenge piece had been in my mind often.  It was physically begun and finished in one day.

Rapunzel in the Tower- Karen

       Rapunzel in the Tower

I started out with a rather large drawing of the castle like building in the center back of the photo. Played around with that and various ideas from photo realistic to abstract shapes. I really liked the tower. I kept on coming back to that one part. While doodling around with the tower and bridge the fairy tale of Rapunzel would pop up in my head. She became a part of the tower drawing. I contemplated putting her into the tower with the other buildings and part of the bridge as drawn in the first draft.
But, I decided that she would have to be too small for me to do her justice. OR the whole quilt would be a years worth of work if I wanted to make her a good size. Sooooo, in the end I just made the tower with a decent sized Rapunzel!

     I strayed from the photograph and played with inspiration a bit ( maybe too much ) and in the end I am very happy with this one. I would have loved to do this whole castle like building with Rapunzel in it if only I had the time!

    After doing the lovely rocks from Nellie's April photo I was totally ready to add french knots in and around the cobbled bricks of the tower. Again, time only allowed so much. I don't know if that would have really worked but it is a moot point now. This one is so much more a work that feels like 'mine'. I was really happy to have the extra month to work on it. Could not have done this in a months time at all!
For the slate tower roof I pieced together some hand painted fabrics I had done last year. The blue/grey/green color seemed just right.

face detail

hands holding hair detail

bottom end of tower detail

Finished size of Rapunzel in the Tower is 35" x 7". painted cotton with hand embroidery using cotton floss. Machine free motion stitching for the tower bricks/cobbles.

Palais de l'Isle - Kay

Palais de l'Isle  15" x 17"
Machine pieced and quilted

I chose to focus on the Palais de l'Isle, the medieval castle in the center of the picture.  I stripped away all the modern detail, and tried to emphasize its strength and solidity, the stern, forbidding quality that it might have had in the twelfth century.  There's no sign of a town left at all, just the river with a stone bridge, and a suggestion of the surrounding mountains.

This photo was a joy for me; for some time I have been wanting to try a more complicated piece using Ruth McDowell's piecing technique, and this was a perfect subject.  In addition, at the beginning of July  I was taking an on-line class from Elizabeth Barton, who suggests overlaying a shape with triangles to simplify and abstract it.  The two techniques fit together perfectly to create a pattern for the building.  (For someone who can't draw, the Layers tools in Photoshop worked wonderfully for outlining the shape and the pieces.)

I printed the sketch, enlarged it, and planned the piecing order to make a master pattern.

The really tedious part is tracing this master pattern onto freezer paper and labeling each piece. The piecing itself went smoothly; any small problems I had were due to marking less carefully than I should have.   I chose tone on tone fabrics because I didn't want the impressionistic quality given by batiks, but a very solid, architectural style.  When choosing fabrics, I used Photoshop again to make a print with the saturation increased by 25%, making it easier to see the slight color and value variations in this monochromatic picture. In the end though, I was less interested in accuracy than in a pleasing combination of neutrals to contrast with the blues.

 The quilting adds some details of the stones and the roof.

Although there are some things I'd have done differently, I'm happy with this piece.  Thanks for giving me the opportunity, Beverly.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Temps Jaloux -- Kim

Temps Jaloux
7.5 x 4.25 inches
fabric scraps on Timtex, machine stitched,  crayon, colored pencil

This summer I have been everywhere except in front of the computer - so it seems fitting that this month's challenge is a postcard! The title, Temps Jaloux, which translates as 'Envious Time' is from the poem La Lac by Alphonse de Lamartine.

The challenge came together quickly - procrastinating until the very last moment: I did a sketch; laid out snippets of fabric directly onto the Timtex; ironed in place; stitched; and added some marks to highlight certain areas.

For the back, I borrowed a few lines from Lamartine's poem:

('Temps jaloux' are the first two words after this part of the poem)

C'est fini!

Memories of Annecy--Libby

Memories of Annecy
11" x 14"
painted and stitched fabric affixed to 3/4" profile canvas

I have an alternate title too, just like Rian. Mine would be called Down The Rabbit Hole. I have done this a couple of times now (twice) where I have reached too far and too hard for a project that didn't require it. I had several ideas and should have stuck with my original concept; it was the simplest to execute and conveyed what I wanted which was an abstraction of the colors and lines of that photo. The only thing I didn't add was the woman's outline-I ran out of time and was moving in the process.

Just a funny side note to the above: Everything was packed in my workroom practically but I left out some supplies. I did not leave out the exacto knives (I have two mind you) and so could not make a stencil for the woman or any line work. What I did have was contractors' tape so I did the line work with that.

My favorite parts of the piece are the colors and composition. It feels like a light filled scene to me-like I lit up the photo. The painting was done quickly, in one sitting, and with lots of energy and just a mental map of the overall design.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Brasserie Duxelles--Rian

We could call this piece "Nothing Worked." Because nothing did. I had no inspiration, no love for this photo (no offense Beverly). I found the prison depressing, so I zoomed in and made a gay French cafe scene. I wanted to put people and flowers and life in the piece, but I couldn't make it happen. I tried to do some painting on it, but that didn't turn out well either. Every so often you get a dud, and this was it.

"Brasserie Duxelles"
by Rian Ammerman

Wish You Were Here--Debra

Wish You Were Here

42 x 44 inches
variety of fabrics, raw edge sewn, embroquilting, buttons

Two of the elements of the photograph that appealed to me were the windows and the texture.  I decided to explore/experiment with those in the comstruction of this piece.  I'm not crazy about a neutral color scheme even though in my head I always think I would like to work on one.  But, what I did enjoy was playing with the fabrics in their original states.  I did as little as possible to change them when I added them to the composition.  I wanted to honor the journey these fabrics had taken to get to this point.  There actually are some fabrics in here that I have had for a very long time -- waiting for their 15 minutes of fame.

Once I got to the end of the work, I began to think that this piece needs to continue as a handwork project with more textures developed.  Whether that happens or not, I don't know but I don't feel like it is completely done yet.  It does follow in the footsteps of other pieces I have posted for this challenge and it gave me another opportunity to experiment with quilting on the embroidery machine.

Friday, August 27, 2010

The Bridge - Barbara

"The Bridge" 
30" X 23"
Designed, Raw edged fused applique, Shiva paint sticks
& machine quilted .


Since this was a complicated photo I began by eliminating the post on the right hand side and then drew out the photograph on a grid so that I was sure not to lose the perspective.

Then I chose my fabric and used shiva paint sticks to paint the shadows under the bridges.
I did this before placing the bridge on top and trying to paint under it later.

I fused the fabric and then cut out the shapes and began applying them to my batting on my design wall.  I wanted the buildings to be a bit uneven and free cut rather than
straight up and down precise.  I think it adds interest and movement across the piece

I continued along the background areas before moving to the foreground.

When it was all together I began quilting and painting the reflection in the water.

I took the liberty to add the umbrellas to the people who were standing outside of the Cafe.  It just seemed so "French, oui oui!".

I am pretty happy with the results.     I thought about adding a border and opted for just the binding.  I am not totally happy with that.  Maybe it is too dark or maybe it could use a small border.  I will stare at it a bit longer to decide.

Buildings and Bridges- Beverly

Buildings and Bridges, 25 1/4" by 20"

I had a number of ideas I wanted to explore with this challenge.  First, I approached it from a shape and lines perspective rather than images of specific objects.  I wanted to explore the juxtaposition of straight lines versus curved, rigid versus organic.  Those arches intrigued me, and I wanted to figure a way to cut them out of the quilt.  Finally, I wanted to do something besides abstract strip piecing- which would have been really easy with this one!

There's a lot I like about this piece, and a lot I'd do differently.  I love how the colors work together.  I'm really happy with the quilting on the water- I used about six different colors of thread.  I figured out how to cut out the arches.

The quilting on the top didn't work the way I'd hoped.  The lines off to the right were meant to suggest other buildings that were further out.  Instead, the difference between those and the diagonal lines on the rest of the top is just a distraction.

The whole style of the piece is neither abstract nor realistic.  To me, it has the flavor of an illustration from a child's book- not a bad thing.  I'm just not sure how well it all works together. 

I did a lot of quilting- and learned lessons that I'll put to use in future quilts.  Here's a couple of detail shots-

This month for me was mostly a grand experiment, with a number of lessons learned. 

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

August Teaser--jdemilo

Here are my two inspirations for the landscape inspiration  this month.
This is a Matisse landscape.
This is "Oh what a lovely smokestack" by one of my favorite quilt artists.

What I like about both of these pieces and the general work of the artists are the big shapes and the letting go of the little details.  That is what I am trying to accomplish in my Bridge art quilt this month.  It is still a piece in progress.   I am in those final stages of creation where I am always fearful that I will make a decision that will ruin weeks of good work. LOL  I definitely pray more over my work during this stage!   Wish me luck!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

August check-in- Beverly

Kay's is all about the method, mine is all about the fabric!  I spent two days dyeing and screenprinting in Colorado a week ago, and serendipity- the perfect fabrics!  It's all figured out in my head, let's see how it translates once I actually get working on it- hopefully, this weekend after I'm done quilting another piece.

Obviously, I'm not one of the overacheivers this month!  :)

Friday, July 16, 2010

August check in - Karen

I did not go for the whole enchilada with this one! I am concentrating on the castle like building here. Straying off the track some since I  have more time to finish this one. Not telling just where that will be but it does involve a couple of brothers of grim demeanor.....

Thursday, July 15, 2010

The Bridge - Barbara

Get Ready, Get Set, Go!

Sketch is done, fabrics are selected now the fun begins.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

July/August Teaser - Nellie

It's the reflection in Beverly's photo that intrigues me.
At this point it's only an intrigue.  Hopefully, I 'll have time to do something about it when I return from the Rocky Mountains in early August.

Friday, July 2, 2010

August Photo

I don't have a lot to add about the photo for August.  My daughter was in Switzerland a year ago, and wanted to see some of France and Italy.  Time and budget constraints meant she was limited to areas close to the Swiss border.  Before she left, I told her I wanted lots of photos taken from unusual angles, or interesting shapes and lines.  Apparently she's hung around me enough and observed what I tend to photograph that it stuck- she did a really nice job!  I wanted something very different from the photos we've worked from up to this point, so everything I sent to Libby was architectural in nature.  I think this one will be lots of fun to play with.

Sometime in the future I'll be working from another photo that was part of the three I sent to Libby.  It's posted on my blog this morning, and while it's architectural, it's very different from this one!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

August's Challenge Photo-Beverly

OK, our photo this month comes courtesy of Beverly. It was taken by her daughter in Annecy, France. The photo really has a lot of great elements so I hope everyone has a good time with it.

Beverly- if you have any further information on this photo please let us all know.

As a reminder, our reveals run through the end of the month. Please check the dates to be sure of the timeframe. We also have our check in opportunity mid month so don't miss that either.