|Winter on the Beach|
I'm working away (not yet at the beach!) organizing and consolidating my many notes for my upcoming Abstract Art for Quiltmakers class which will debut at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in August (the class is full by the way) and then I'll give it again at Alegre Retreat in April. I know some other teachers have tackled this subject, but from my research they all approached it differently from me. It's so frustrating to develop an idea and discover it's a well worn path!!
As people who take my classes know, I love a five day class where I can get deep into the topic and my research on it in the first day. I love to learn (and then to teach) real solid information. (don't worry, it's only one day of five!).
I'll also be developing this abstract art for quiltmakers class into an online format which I had planned to do some time ago before we had any idea that QU would be coming to a close. But, good news!
Ruth Blanchet, a former QU teacher, (www.academyofquilting.com) is taking over the quiltuniversity domain name and several of the teachers. The website and overall organization will be different but upgrades in the way the forum and the galleries are handled will please everyone I think. It will take a little while, of course, for the Academy of Quilting to become as well known as Quilt University which had gained a great reputation over several years and continents. My classes will be starting at the Academy of Quilting in the Fall soon after Quilt University closes. I'll definitely be posting announcements.
|Waiting for Dawn (detail)|
I'm organizing my abstract art notes into definitions, the artists (particularly the female artists) and the processes. I'm turning up some really interesting ideas and concepts. Research is so enthralling - you can spend days travelling new highways and byways!
Abstraction can be total freedom from reality.... or the result of abstracting something from the real thing. It can be free and instinctive as we see in abstract expressionism (Willem de Kooning) or highly intellectual as in Sol Lewitt's geometric abstractions. Many artists have worked from photographs; Sean Scully's wonderful geometric pieces began with photos of old wooden doors that he's taken all over the world.
But whatever the label, all quilts use scraps of fabric cut into shapes, organized in some fashion by color or value or texture. It's just amazing how very many arrangements are possible. When I was a child I was given a "creativity" game but soon discovered that the arrangement of wires and beads was NOT endless - how horribly disappointing that was! They should have given me cloth! If they have no video games, give them cloth and scissors!
So, if you have been, thanks for reading! And do send in your comments - or suggestions! (for blog topics or classes).
Next two weeks I'm up in the mountains off the Blue Ridge Parkway in NC taking art classes; if the internet gets up that high (!) I'll post from there!