|Boring! Don't worry I gave it to Goodwill for somebody's cat!|
I'm sure you've all heard about synaesthesia - those people who feel/taste or hear in color...
apparently this phenomenon is probably the result of a little wiring glitch so that there is spillover from one sense to another.
But cogitating upon synaesthesia set me thinking that cross over from one medium or sense to another is very helpful in design and especially helpful in solving design problems.
One of the biggest problems with many quilts (and paintings too for that matter) is that they are just plain boring - maybe I'm jaded of course having seen mediocre work! Something not being interesting enough is quite an issue. The remark: "Okay, but doesn't grab me" made by the viewer.
The Big Name was always talking about wanting to have her socks knocked off...don't know why it was socks in particular, don't recall that I ever even saw her in socks (maybe they had been knocked off!)...but clearly what she sought and valued was a quilt that was exciting, fascinating, compelling.
Compare this to a piece of music, that just drones on and on, never really seems to get anywhere, no high points no low points, no changes in volume, rhythm or speed. Or think about a meal that is mashed potato (without stuff added!), boiled cod and overcooked cauliflower.....you may laugh but I'm sure we had this at least once a week when I was at school. Or, what about that stuffy stale air cleaner (so-called) smell you get in motel rooms? It suffuses everywhere, it's bland and choking.
Or the living room all in beige.....or the overly matched outfit? It surprises me how many people I see dressed in dreary droopy greyed clothing.....even in the mirror some days!!!
So we have an idea how we could fix the music, the meal, the smell and the outfit, right? So, if you feel the same way about the piece you're working on pinned onto the design wall....then consider a similar solution? Add some changes to the rhythms, throw in some spice, throw open the windows and peel and orange, take a bright scarf and a pot of rouge!
|Color, variety in value, different shapes, movement and rhythm!|
Take a look......tell me some stories......! the Comments box is open........
And, if you have been, thanks for reading! Elizabeth