I was delighted to be accepted into this round of the Art with Fabric blog hop, especially as I had to pull out last time. Thank you very much to Alida, at Tweety Loves Quilting, who hosts this event and has inspired me into making my first 'art quilt' ... although truth be told it does look remarkably like a modern quilt!! The theme this round was 'Women'.
Back in March when perusing my IG feed I saw this image from Jenny at Papper, Sax, Sten and immediately needed to know more about the artist that had inspired her. Enter Kels O'Sullivan, an Australian artitst whose work I was taken with immediately.
In her own words:
Kels O’Sullivan is an emerging artist with a background in design and illustration. Living and working at Encounter Bay, SA, her natural coastal surroundings of the Fleurieu Peninsula are a constant source of inspiration. Influenced by the discipline of modernism, pattern & textile design of the mid century, her work is a diverse and constant evolution. Symbolising relationships with everyday forms, expressing emotion, reflecting experiences and surroundings through the use geometry, colour, pattern, line and repetition. She is especially interested in the beauty of the abstracted form and enjoys deconstructing shapes to create beautiful, balanced and emotive compositions.
Aside from her fine art pursuits, Kels is an award-winning illustrator and graphic designer and is co-partner, at Influx Creative.
I had been having ideas and looking into women artists, although the inspiration piece could have been about women and not necessarily by them, but I was drawn to the beautiful clean, geometric lines of Kels' work and even had the right colour fabric on my shelf to get to work.
I stayed true to Kels' pattern on the top four rows but decided to make it bigger and added on an extra 2 rows.
I pressed all my seams open on the quilt for the first time and it gives a lovely flat finish, although I did notice when quilting that I could catch a glimpse of the stitches.
Now my initial idea for quilting was to replicate the printing Kels had done and change the colour of certain triangles with dense matchstick quilting in a different colour. However the best laid plans and all that .... my machine is in need of a new part form the States which was not going to arrive in time. I did some test pieces and realised that I wouldn't be happy with the results at the moment so I had to think of a another plan ....
I wanted to continue the lovely clean lines and decided on straight line ruler work ....
but I also wanted to incorporate some circles in the piece like there are in the original ....
Finished dimensions: 36" x 12"
Fabric: Kona cotton in cerise, gum drop, parchment and snow
Wadding: Warm and White
Threads: Glide Cream (20001), Coffee (27504), Mulberry (40528) and Iris (40249)
Quilting: longarm quilted with straight line and circle ruler work and circular freehand feathers on a Handi Quilter Avante
This quilt will be hanging at Quilts UK in Malvern from tomorrow until Sunday, where I entered it in the Small Wallhanging category.
Do go and check out some of the other participants this week:
Monday 15 May2017
Tuesday 16 May 2017
Wednesday 17 May 2017
Abigail: http://www.cutandalter.blogspot.co.uk - YOU ARE HERE!!
Thursday 18 May 2017
Friday 19 May 2017
This is also a finish on my 2017FAL List.
I am also linking up today to Let's Bee Social hosted by Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts.