Sunday, January 10, 2010

Great and not-so-great minds....

So the new issue of Art in America came and the cover reminded me of -- me!

Here's Lattice Picture by Josef Albers.

Here's a detail of Postage 2: The Great Lawn by me.  And at the right are details of two similar pieces by me.

A few comparisons come to mind.

-- his is made from glass, iron and copper wire; mine are made from fabric and thread

-- each of his little bits is a little over one inch square; each of mine is somewhere in the vicinity of 1 1/4 x 1 3/4 inch

-- his little bits are arrayed against a solid black background in a black frame; mine hang from rods, either against the wall or in the middle of the room

-- his has 110 little bits; mine have a lot more (about 1300 in The Great Lawn, the smallest; just over 4000 in Memorial Day, the largest)

-- he's famous; I'm not

-- he's dead; so far I'm not.


  1. Hi Kathy, I'm delighted you are creating a blog. I'll follow, with interest, and occasionally make comments. I found your comments right on target with the comparisons. And I'm glad you are not dead. Me too.

  2. Well, I think you're pretty famous. We all ooohed and ahed over your quilt at QN and it did win the Japan Award. I never head of him, but I sure heard of you.

  3. Welcome to the blogosphere.

    PS - glad to hear you aren't dead.

  4. Your pieces are huge compared to Josef Albers but you have so many more and they were probably more tedious to put together. I think you win if it's a contest. Isn't it fun when you see work that reminds you of you? Especially when the other artist is famous!

  5. Well to blogland. I look forward to following your projects and new blog.

  6. thanks to everybody for the kind words!

  7. You are too funny. Are you sure you're not dead?

  8. good for you! I will add you to my list, and look forward to "seeing" you more than once a month.

  9. Too funny! Definitely worth a read. You need to write an article for Art in America saying you've (he has) been reincarnated as a fiber artist and textiles are now fine art.

  10. I really love your blog
    don't know how i found it
    but its not left my desk top for days...
    just reading about the postage quilts I love them
    they remind me of Inchies and what
    one might do as a display

    Solvey can be a major design problem
    i might have hung the quilt outside over a shower curtain and hit it with a squirt gun... but with the mass you had it'd be a mess what ever you did. once you have a batch of solvey its possible to take the scraps and put it in a jar with a wee bit of water
    and use it as paste.. but still that would be a 5 gallon tub of goo!
    enough to wall paper a room? ;8^j

    i think you'll enjoy ""
    "" the fiber section has little square of wool dreams, your postage stamps bring to mind...

    the confusion of process verses craftsmanship and artistry is interesting... around here a machine sewn quilt is more valued than one that looks like it was done by hand, its the cost paid to the sewer that makes it valuable, when its paid for and random ... i find it frustrating to see the machine done in such away they've ignored the piece work almost erasing the fines design of the piece work.

    i will try to do a stamp quilt too
    the logistics seems like a wonderful design puzzle
    I have done small quilts as pins
    it was a peieced to gether then i puled them back apart to used as individual bits .

    Thank you for your thoughtful writing