I will be taking a week-long workshop with Claire Benn in early October on "Lines and Rows: Rhythm and Repetition." Claire describes the aim of the workshop: "to focus in on the power of the repetitive mark, building lines and rows to create cloth that has rhythm and simplicity." This will be a chance to followup on work I did with Claire in 2014 (which led to my Accident II quilt) and also work I did with Dorothy Caldwell in 2013. Claire asked participants to prepare ahead in various ways, including laying out 100 of the same thing in lines or a grid, looking for pattern everywhere, and narrowing one's focus to a small number of types of marks/shapes of interest. I've spent the last few weeks, since the close of my show, working on this, and look forward to developing ideas further at the workshop. I have a humble goal in mind, which is to make fabric that I can then turn into table napkins. I've long made napkins for our own use at home, and also as gifts for others, but have made them from commercial fabrics. A few years ago, I made some from Marcia Derse's beautiful fabric, which is commercially produced but based on her hand-dyed/painted fabric. I have been wanting to come up with some designs that would work for making my own fabric, and Claire's workshop gives me that opportunity.
I made the design at the top by cutting up black construction paper. The idea for the design came from a drawing by Karl Benjamin:
I am entranced by this drawing--something very appealing to me about the piled up block shapes. I pulled out one column of the blocks, changed them from white to black, and increased the space between the blocks. Multiplying the columns, changing the order in some columns:
I got another interesting shape by manipulating a photograph in Photoshop. Here's the photo, which was a collection of 100 blossoms from a chestnut tree:
Through cropping and various manipulations, I came up with this:
I collected 100 examples of several things, but my favorite was pine needles. Here are a few different arrangements of 100 needles. So much potential here for beautiful line drawings! Another option is to turn one or more of the photos into a thermofax screen, which could be used directly for printing. (You can double-click on photos to see them larger.)
Another direction is to work from the lovely lines of the piece below, made by free-motion stitching with a variegated thread that changed in color from black to white--hence the "missing" spaces in the design. This was a sample I did in a workshop with Paula Kovarik in early August. Which reminds me that I'm long overdue on a post about that workshop! As soon as I got home from that, I had to set to work setting up my show, and forgot to get back to it.
And some other line drawings of elements that interest me.
|Stylized from a drawing of clover I did some years ago|
|I like drawing cups, which make me think of friends talking over cups of tea.|
|Drawn recently at a local park. The top one was a line of very fuzzy strand-like blossoms on a branch.|