Sunday, October 19, 2014

the design phase

Okay, so today was the day I started the design phase for our process challenge.  Having set my parameters as a wholecloth mini quilt, with a mandala and colour, I needed to come up with a plan.

To start, I took a plain piece of paper and marked a 16" square on it, and then quartered it horizontally, vertically and diagonally.

Next, using an idea I got from Lisa Calle - use your rulers to help you with the basic design,  I started with a 2.5" circle template and then grabbed my 6"curved ruler and started laying out some curves, using my registration marks as a guide.  Using the rulers means I know it will work with them when it comes to the quilting, and I'll be able to get nice sharp lines and angles.

A few more lines, a few more circles, and I think I've got my basic design worked out.

I think I can call that mandala inspired!  Now, what to do about colour?  I could go bold - using some dye pastels I picked up while visiting with Gina last summer -
Or see what I can come up with using thread.  The basic design is now transferred to a piece of white pfd (prepared for dye) fabric, just in case I want to add some colour other than thread! and some quilting ideas are penciled in.  All of this is subject to change once it goes under the needle...
Next step will be deciding if I'll include any trapunto - I'm thinking it is a possibility, then sandwiching it up and having some quilting fun with it!  That's my favourite part!

How are you doing with yours?

Thursday, October 9, 2014

finding stuff

So far, all I have shown of my process is my inspiration in my journal
Yesterday, whilst looking for some fabric for a class tomorrow, I found this
It was a sample fabric I used when teaching painting with an air gun last year.  So.... I am pretty sure I will spray my fabrics for this challenge.
Now of course, there is one black feather and so I have started to make that in free motion lace
My other half is using the air gun at the moment, so perhaps sometime soon I can get the painting started!

Over Under, Over Under

Okay, I've got the next step underway on my process.  If you can't recall my inspiration, you can read about it here.

I recently returned from a retreat where we learned to design Celtic knots.  Ahhh; an epiphany!  I could design a knot to use as the "wreath".  So here is where I started;

Took a square of tracing paper, folded it horizontally, vertically, diagonally until I had what I thought were sufficient "wedge" sections to create my envisioned wreath;

cut a single wedge and drew several organic intersecting lines; refolded the paper square and inserted the single wedge within the folds and traced the lines.  I had to remember to "mirror" the image in every other section.  This is what resulted.  Hmm...not exactly what I was looking for; try again.

Next attempt; better

Try another one; also not bad

I discovered that the more wedge sections there were, the more complex the resulting knot.  Hmmm...I tried a few more.  Now I just have to decide which ones to use.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

In Process

I have long been an admirer of layered images, whether in photography, mixed media or fiber art and I am intrigued by Claire Benn's paper lamination which is a technique perfect for layering. Her book was borrowed via interlibrary loan, so I need to get the technique down pat before the book needs to be returned. The technique is a little intimidating, but what can go wrong, go wrong, go wrong

After much searching I finally found a place to purchase thermofax mesh in a reasonable amount for a reasonable price. I am collecting images on paper which is the first step in the process, so I will be ready to give the process a try as soon as the mesh arrives.

First Step ...

.... in the process is brainstorming and there has been a storm going on in my head and I've put a few ideas from the storm into a sketchbook. I may not go with any of these as I'm still brainstorming and considering quilt ideas I've wanted to make in the past but here's where I'm at right now....

 ...a patchwork of pockets. I like pockets and the idea of creating a little quilt of pockets, seems like fun!
 I need to practice free motion stitching so a series of free motions would be good for me!
 Creating a scene from one of my many photos could be fun.
 Or using one of my photos of the many stone sculptures found on the beaches and trails I've visited.
Or another way to combine clay with fabric and here I thought of course using a teapot, one of my favorite forms.

Oh decisions, decisions....... I'm sure I'll add many more quick ideas to my sketchbook before I decide on a direction.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Saturday, September 20, 2014

the process has started

and for me to get started this early is quite something!

Well, what has actually happened is that I have set some parameters for myself to work within and help focus my thoughts and attention, and I always need to do that or I go off half cocked in way too many directions!

My parameters to work on my process piece:
  • Mandala inspired
  • wholecloth
  • colour through thread/paint/ or ???
I've stumbled across a Pinterest board that has me dreaming of possibilities, and I'm intrigued by the concept. There is a lot of meaning and spiritualism surrounding Mandalas, which I'm looking forward to learning more about. It also has me remembering just how much fun I had with my Spirograph growing up, and I'm looking forward to re-living some of that!
let's see what comes next?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

3 of 5 W's

What will I create?  Where do I begin?  When will inspiration strike?  Yup that's how my PROCESS usually begins.  

Where to begin; that usually takes place on the computer searching the internet for an idea, an image, a thought provoking article.  No luck so far.

When will inspiration strike; that usually happens when I'm down to the final days prior to the reveal.  Not this time though.  My inspiration came while looking through some old papers of my father's.  He was quite a poet, had written and stored quite a few, but never published them.  I came across an envelope marked "Please do this little thing for me."  I opened it and inside was one of his poems.  I won't recite the entire thing, but these lines inspired me.

Some twigs of cedar, birch and willow,
I like these for my spirit's pillow,
Then intertwine them, make a wreath,
adorn it with a maple leaf.
Then place the same upon a hill
and know, my spirit is here still.
--©  A.H.E.

What to create; hopefully a piece representing the picture created by my father's words.

Now some brainstorming is going to take place.  Stay tuned!

Sunday, September 14, 2014


Well, I Said I wanted this challenge To be about the process, so I am starting at the beginning of mine.  I have had this page(s) in my journal for a while and thought I would like to convert it to a piece, so My first step is to look at the page and think about how I am going to construct it.
As you can see there are several pages to the spread and I want to maintain it in my piece.  Obviously, I need to change the proportions to make the finished ones fit our challenge size, so I will probably have to upsize my stencils and masks as well.  How I am going to recreate the torn edges in fabric, I am not sure, but we will see, won't we?

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Challenge 14

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Monday, September 8, 2014

hmmmmm.....something to think about!!!

If you can't describe what you are doing as a process, you don't know what you're doing. 
-W. Edwards Deming

Thursday, September 4, 2014

and the next in line...

Is me.  
I haven't actually chosen a topic for our next challenge, but I think you will all still find it a challenge!

What I want everyone to do is to show their PROCESS.  
All the dead ends and ugly messes along with the serendipity of creating.  

I have found with a lot of people and some of my art students who look at my work, that they believe creating is hard and that we create it with some sort of inborn magic! - because they don't see the work that goes on before.  
Because they have never seen any of Monet's or Van Gogh's sketches, they think that works of art just happen.
If you want a topic word, then you can use the word PROCESS, which of course is just - A way of doing things.......any things, from acrobatics to zentangling.  
It's about the HOW of things.

In this challenge, there will be a reveal date 
16 November
BUT I want us to all just put up a couple of short posts as we go along about where we are at and especially if we are stuck!
I want this challenge to take away the mystery of creating and show what it really is, just a PROCESS.