- I love Pigeons.
- I photographed them in Rome, India, Thailand, Venice and LA
- I love the way they sit high on the light poles in LA, It was if they had a secret club or a pigeon meeting.
- These pigeons were in LA and I used the patterns on the buildings for the Quilting designs. The rest of the quilting shows the flow of the wind around the buildings, the pigeons fluff their feathers face into the flow and just sit there despite all the traffic and people walking past.
I've finished this funny little quilt, I quite like it now.... The balance works. The quilt is straight and flat but photographing with the small camera on the floor distorts it a little.
The idea for the quilt.
Right now I'm refining a little.
This blog is in a new format and I will no longer be using Typepad.
I've been working on the editing of a film of India. I really can't beleive that I was actually there and that I took all those photos. Memories.
"Persistence lies at a point beyond everything we have already tried, and all we have already done."
I've been working on this quilt without too much enthusiasm. But I have to finish it.
Creating and designing are two different things in my mind. I don't like this piece but I'm creating and I'm not sure how it will come out. I figure that if I keep working it, it will turn out satisfactory in the end.
The design isn't the best, the elements are opposing.
I want a painterly effect for the garish pigeon... (I do like the colours) so I'm using free motion zig zag.
I began quilting free motion with the sweet 16 However, I was creating a fan pattern and it wasn't even enough, so I reverted to the Janome.
The scrolls are fine to do on the sweet 16, but standing back and looking at it, I don't think it flows as well as I wanted it to.
I might cut off the top band of quilting.
The pigeon is looking the way I wanted it to so there may be some salvation.
OK, I've been fighting the effects of antihistamines for hay fever all day .. so I think I will give in to them, make a coffee and watch TV and finish this in the morning.
Traveling for 3 months at a time really makes you appreciate home.
The images below are the things I see and love each day at my house. (except the roast lamb) I share them with you, my friends.
Right now the garden is messy, - but the gardeners coming on Tuesday!
The cleaners next week.
The window cleaner the week after.
The washing is caught up.
The outdoor settings need re-oiling (a job for next week)
The christmas tree is up.
A disaster diffused.
Now I'm working to get the next set of classes ready for the new year. !!! AND I watched TV for 3 hours today with a coffee by my side and a piece of honey toast.
What were you doing in the 70's.... I was newly married and began the 70's with no children and finished the decade with 8.!!!!
I disliked the fashion then and I still dislike it, but last night our Guild had a 70's night, music, 70's food and some brave should dressed for the occasion. 70's quilts were shared and the macrame flowed. It was fun, thanks ladies for a great night.
Because of feminism and the new craft movements of the 1960s and 1970s, quilting techniques, traditionally used by women, became prominent in the making of fine arts. The transition from traditional quilting through art quilts to quilted art was rapid; many of the most important advances in the field came in the 1970s and 1980s.
Jean Ray Laury (1928 - 2011)is cited by Robert Shaw as the "most prominent and influential of [the] early modern [American] quiltmakers." Laury was an "academically trained artist and designer who encouraged women to create their own new designs based on their own experiences, surroundings and ideas rather than traditional patterns." Laury wrote, "There are no rules in stitchery -- no single 'right' way of working."
Beth Gutcheon and Michael James were quilting instructors, beginning a trend which still allows quilting artists to earn income from a pursuit close to their art. Gutcheon published The Perfect Patchwork Primer in 1973. James' book, The Quiltmaker's Handbook: a Guide to Design and Construction (1978) was more technical. These two books are often cited as the place where contemporary quilt artists began. James' follow-up book, published in 1981,
Its been a hectic day so I've not had too much time to work on the quilt. I've prepared the appliqué on the pigeon on the bottom of the quilt and its rather wild... but it needs to be for the technique I'm going to use on this quilt.
Time to work and I'm using my photos to create images in fabric.
Realistically its not a whim... I've been designing these projects on the road and this project, "Darn Pigeons" I will share the techniques as I create the quilt.
I began with the image below.
I printed it out to the size I wanted.... in fact I had to wait until I replenished the ink on the printer... darn it...
Once printed, I traced the bird images onto the piece of Indonesian shot cotton. I used a fine .5 pigment ink pen to outline the image and then a Tsukineko fabric pen to fill in. I was careful to add the fine detail in the birds.
I used this image... its actually a cropped photo of a pigeon taken in Venice.... (I love pigeons)
He has a great profile and a lot of detail in his feathers but when created in fabric it won't look very much like this, it was the stance and shape I was attracted to when taking the photo.
I Changed the image into a pencil drawing using an app on my iPad. It gives me a clear defined outline. I printed the image to a calculated size on Velum which makes it easier for creating appliqué, I just have to reverse to without having to use a light box.
The background piece is Indonesian shot cotton, giving an overall silky effect. I wanted to reflect the iridescence of the feathers on the neck. Maybe thats a bit fufu.. but that's my reasoning.
So how will I finish it... ? stay tuned I will add a photo and explanation at each stage.
After 3 months of working, traveling, learning, creating, experiencing, laughing and very occasionally crying, I get to go home for 5 weeks and be a mum, a wife, an artist and play with the most important people in my world, the Grandies.
Its been an amazing journey. It was great that husband Keith could travel with me for the last 8 weeks. I've been home 3 days and now I have to book the next trip which begins in 5 weeks.
Thanks for sharing the journey with me.
I often fall into a theme when I'm photographing... to day it was the images of the buddha, especially the hands and the lotus offerings.
The images above were taken at a meditation Wat in Chiang Mai.
Images from the temple, Wat Pho in Chiang Mai
I've been asked if I will sell some of the Textile pieces I've bought. I'm considering buying pieces for sale on my web page for those who are unable to come here. Sometime next year.
It was my last visit to the Hmong textile 'sheds' today. This is my 3rd visit on this trip and over the past few days I had time to plan how I was going to use them. So purchased with intention today and because I wanted "old' I paid a premium price.
These are two of the skirts I bought and I had to undo them and lay them flat to pack them in the cases. There are 7 yards in each piece. The one on the right had been stitched into pleats thats how they are stored... but once washed it will be manageable.
This is part of one of the skirts. The tiny blocks in the centre of the red appliquéd strips on the skirt are about 1/4" square.
This is a close up. I think they have actually made a small yellow square and appliquéd a diamond in the centre. If I use this as a border for a quilt I would stitch in the ditch right next to the red appliqué and then stitch every line of the blue, can you imagine how gorgeous it would look.
Imagine, doing 7 yards of this appliqué? This skirt is worn and patched and I love it in that state.
This is part of the cross stitch border. This skirt is so heavy, I'll weigh it when I get home... its amazing. I can't date it yet, but I do have books at home that will help me date them.
This is another piece of indigo dyed hemp... the pattern is more defined than the first piece I purchased.