So the two older quilts...
Spontaneity and Stability
Fence and Flourish
Both of these quilts were made while I was planning and moving from Texas to Maryland. They are about the positive and negative feelings and experiences that surround a move. The titles both contain two words beginning with the same letter. The words loosely suggest contrasting ideas, but also may refer to actual design elements in the quilt.
I wanted to use this same format for the two new pieces.
I spent lots of time jumping from word to word in the thesaurus. I made lists of ideas and feelings to consider. I also looked at synonyms for house, rock, horizon, tree, sun, river, plant, tree, etc.
Eventually, I settled on two titles that I think work very well.
Haze and Hope
Shelter and Stream
I especially like words that have multiple meanings. Flourish might refer to a plant blooming or to emotional growth. Haze could refer to foggy colors, but also to feelings of confusion. The viewer clearly recognizes "stream" in those ripply shapes, but another definition is to flow, pass, or send forth.
Theoretically, the titles of the work will not affect whether the juror will select my quilts for the show, but I do think it's another small element that adds cohesion to a body of work.
Tomorrow I'll make some confessions about photography and talk about online entry forms.
Do you use similar formats or concepts for your titles? Do you think I'm over thinking it?