I started a new piece of art on Friday. It was delightful. Really good to get the blood pumping. This is a design which has been percolating in my mind for months and months. I was thinking I'd make it big. You know, something 50ish or maybe even 70 to 80ish inches. In the past several months, I've made only very small quilts. Hardly anything over 20 inches. Mostly safe, wonderful little 4x6 postcards. Yes, yes we've discussed the concept of the fiber post card at length. Let's leave it for now.
So after all that small stuff, I really had no idea how to begin a large piece. Maybe that's why it's taken me so long to start. I decided to make a test piece. A sketch, some might call it. A trial. An experiment. And then move on to the real piece of art after I've worked out all the technical and artistic details.
So I had this going...
(That Dora plate is my circle template. Sarah has written about some wonderful professional circle templates on her blog recently. Me? I just dig through the kitchen for the right size.)
And then it sat for a day and I percolated some more.
And I thought about my fabric stash. Nothing bigger than half a yard in it. I just don't buy yardage. And I don't really want to, seeing as I have drawers of fat quarters and hand-dyed fat eighths.
And I thought about why art quilts have to be big. Certainly not to cover the bed. To enter shows? Some have largish size requirements. To sell? It seems more likely to me that the smaller stuff is more affordable and easier to find a place to hang.
And then I thought about doing a series of door, window, arch way, architecture quilts. And the blood started pumping again. But not about big quilts.
So maybe this is part of developing my own style. Finding the right size for me.
And speaking of developing my own style. I think I must swear off tote bags, aprons, pin cushions, sketch book covers and the like for the near future. Time to make art.