Thursday, January 8, 2015

A new quilt

I've been wanting to make a quilt from a sketch I did of my home town, Athens, Ga  ages and ages ago  for some  time and FINALLY (with a little bit of help from my friends) I got round to it:

It's only small (19 by 25 or thereabouts)- but I think there are good reasons for working small these days.  I'm finding that the businesses and institutions that used to buy the larger work are no longer buying as much art work as they were - this happened with the recession and things haven't picked up much. Well at least they haven't in the South.

But, more importantly, working much smaller gives me a chance to try some ideas out, if I really like a piece and think the design works well there's no reason why I shouldn't make it again - only much bigger...or for that matter, just a little bit bigger!

It's been a while since I worked with my screen printed fabric - of which I have a Great Stash!! - and it was lovely to get back into it.  Not that I made all the fabric in this piece, my friend Linda Levin kindly donated the beautiful greens and browns.  The black fabric I had screen printed with gold pigment.  I made a photo emulsion screen some years ago of trees in winter (just the best time for looking at trees!!) and it makes wonderful fabric.  I've been wanting to use this particular yardage for some time.

And it's also great to be back with working with an  "overhead view" - I always said that when I died I wanted to come back as a condor - not that we get many condors flying over Athens, GA - but this is what a little sparrow sitting on a window ledge at the top of Academic Hall at the University of Georgia might see!!  Good enough!!

Feel free to make comments and offer me Vast Sums of Money!!!
and, if you have been, thanks for reading......Elizabeth


Joan said...

What a beautiful quilt,Elizabeth. I love the way you have used your surface-designed fabrics. The sky is especially wonderful.

Judy Rys said...

Love the complementary colors. There is so much energy in this piece.

Ann Knickerbocker said...

I love the viewpoints... all the angles... so rich a vision!