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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Dancing with Design:A Little less real. A little more art.



I fight with realism. I really do. I wouldn't say I win over often. I'm not against realism. I think that like fire,  it's a good tool and a harsh master.




So it was with great glee I found myself with a new design tool. Like most great tools, it's not an object so much as a headset. When I realized I could make flowers out of shapes, I then realized they didn't have to necessarily conform.


Mind you, they could. And it's pretty when they do.This fish has lovely wisteria dripping over his pond. 










But what happens if you just make a shape and have them follow that? They abstract in such a cool way. And if you embroider them? Here are the same teardrop shapes centered around a gentle c shape. The shape gives us a path, and the smaller flowers fill in the empty spots.


Everything is better with more thread! At least that's my philosophy. These were embroidered with polyester embroidery thread until they glowed.




I've explored this cool Dance of Design, in Jim West's Magazine, Quiltposium, pages 136-154 with a number of flowers. Go check it out. And take a shape out dancing today!

1 comments:

bohemiannie! art said...

All I can say is...wow.

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