Thursday, April 18, 2013

The series returns - 2

I wrote yesterday how the backgrounds in my "Fault Lines" series matured from plain monochromes to expanses of two or more monochromes to, finally, several different values that started to become figures instead of just backgrounds.

Meanwhile, another change was occurring in my other series, "Crazed."  I had begun with solids, exploring various permutations of line and background.  In number 7 I started experimenting with print fabric as the fine pieced-in lines, and in number 8 and 16 I used commercial printed stripes as both line and background.

Crazed 7: Flood Stage, 2008 (detail)

Crazed 8: Incarceration, 2010 (detail)

Crazed 16: Suburban Dream, 2012 (detail)

My local fiber and textile art group has a monthly grab bag in which we bring in the unused stuff from our studios and it gets taken home to become unused stuff in other people's studios.  To encourage people to use their finds, we have an annual grab bag challenge, in which you bring in something you have made with what you grabbed.  In January I showed Crazed 16 because the lavender and aqua stripe in the top right corner of the photo was a grab bag find.

I commented on how difficult it is to find commercial striped fabrics in the quilt stores these days -- polka dots are all the rage, but stripes seem passe.  The next day, a friend emailed me and said that she has used for many years and they had a lot of stripes.  So I went to the site and sure enough, was able to buy $150 worth of stripes that met my strict criteria (hard edge, not wobbly; solids, not watercolor; straight, not zigzag or wedge-shaped).  Now I had a big bag of new fabrics, alongside the ones I had already managed to collect, all crying out to be used.

But what to do with them?  Tell you tomorrow.


  1. Kathleen --just wanted to tell you that your blog is wonderful. Full of beautiful art and thoughtful commentary. Thank you for taking the time to share.

  2. Love those stripes and what you do with them is amazing! Having done just a little of your fine line piecing, I know how difficult is is.
    I've found to be an excellent source for Moda solid cottons and Dupioni silks. It's easy to drop a bundle of cash there, isn't it?

  3. thanks to both of you for your very kind words.

  4. Fabric is more used in everyday life which is why I love fabric.