Sunday, 29 June 2014

When Artists Use Needle and Thread

I'm noticing more and more books and magazines moving away from traditional quilting.  These showcase more artsy types of quilted pieces that incorporate mixed media and techniques far beyond what a rotary cutter and a fat quarter could achieve, and of course, the results are completely different. For one thing traditional quilting usually involves making items of use; having to be able to put these through the washing machine comes to mind.  Or maybe, quilted wall hangings which become a little more of an art item.  However, with this new trend and new ideas they produce genuine pieces of art which is the objective. While many of these works reveal obvious skill and talent, I must admit, the beauty of others completely elude me.
I have checked out this book several times and each time find something new to interest me in its pages.  Patricia Bolton is the host of Quilting Arts, a t.v. show and has published several books on the subject of  quilted art work.  This book, The Quilting Arts Book is a compilation of the best projects from the Quilting Arts magazine.  Anyone who has old copies of that magazine around probably won't want to own this book.
I'm interested in the idea of what these fibre artists are trying to achieve.  I love how they have the where with all to use different materials, even metallic foils, to enhance their work.  The embellishments are sometimes beautiful and you can see that just from the few projects photographed for the cover.  Pearls, buttons, bits of ribbons, lace, netting, paper...all these things become part of the picture.    The various fabrics can be coloured with crayons, painted, dyed, marked, stencilled...anything you can think up to do with it basically.
It is a little like seeing quilting in not one but many new ways, that's for sure.  And those ways are endless, as unique and varied as the imagination can envision.