Anybody taking a look at the current Quilt National exhibition will see that abstract art works very well indeed in a quilt format. And, while I love representational quilts and have made many representational ones myself, or at least impressionistic, I do think that the medium is superb when it comes to abstract work.
love abstract painting! I recently went to several shows in New York
including the Whitney biennial and saw some wonderful work.
these ideas could be "stolen" and developed! (I'm not talking about
copying here - that is not a very good idea for very many reasons; I'm talking
more about being inspired by a certain way that painter's structures
work or a particular colour scheme, or a way that they have arranged particular shapes and so on) Don't worry about "stealing" like this.
As the piano teacher said to the student who was afraid to listen to
Rubenstein playing Chopin because she didn't want to sound too much like
Rubenstein, there is no fear of that! There is no fear that any of us
quilt makers will ever end up hanging on wall next to Rauschenberg or
Diebenkorn or Clyfford Still or next to any of the great female abstract
painters: af Klimt, Joan Mitchell, Bridget Riley, Elaine deKooning,
Helen Frankenthaler, Lee Krasner, Alma Thomas.... just to name a few.
What??! You tell me you don't know anything about these painters! Well, now is your chance!
have written two courses each of five lessons for Academy of quilting
on abstract art: abstract art for quilt makers and more abstract art for
quilt makers. The first course, abstract art for quiltmakers, deals only
with women abstract painters - and there are a lot of them - and they
are quite wonderful...... In my course I tell you little bit about each
painter and at the same time I have developed a number of different
exercises that will help you learn how to create abstract designs.
This course starts this Friday and if you're interested just go to the Academy of quilting website.
Meanwhile here are some goodies that I saw in New York a couple of weeks ago:
this is from a fascinating exhibit in the
Brooklyn museum of many paintings but also the clothes she made herself -
all in black and/or white...incredibly fine and neat pin tucking and
little architectural details:
she wasn't the only one to paint city scapes of course...here is an almost abstract by Ault:
Lee Krasner.....imagine this in a fine wool...or silk!!
but also...wouldn't that wrought iron make a super quilt hanging? Away with stodgy old rods and sleeves!!!
I hope you're inspired and want to have a go yourselves!! I know I am.....
And, if you have been, thanks for reading....
also I love your comments...and I'll do my best to respond...thank you! Elizabeth