Saturday, January 31, 2015

quilts and fine art...



Sedrick Huckaby is a contemporary artist whose work is preoccupied with predominately domestic scenes of African American life. More recently, his art has focused on quilts made by the women in his family specifically his grandmother and the larger tradition of quilting and faith in African American culture. The following are iterations of a piece called "A Love Supreme"...


With an MFA from Yale in fine arts and hence extraordinary skill...


 He paints large-scale murals of patchwork...


His work is widely collected and there are a couple for sale at 1st Dibs...


This one titled "She Wore Her Quilts" 2005-2008 portrays a woman in a garment reminiscent of the brightly colored polyester coat that Victoria Findlay Wolfe owns...


 This piece "Midst the Blues" 2011 is a more abstracted quilt painting...


Sedrick Huckaby talks about his work and his 2013 "Hidden in Plain Sight" exhibit in a compelling 10 minute short film on YouTube. It is pretty hard to resist an artist who describes quilting as "women's jazz"!!!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

quilts and music...


Was perusing iTunes and saw the beautiful cover art for the new Decemberists album. It made me wonder what other musicians have a quilt in their cover art. A quick search came up with a Boston-based band actually called Quilt. Lots of people collect vintage and antique photos with patchwork in them. Are there any vinyl junkies out there who can think of other LPs with quilt images in them? Enquiring mind(s) would like to know...


Thursday, January 15, 2015

actual sewing...



Decided to get back into the swing of things  by sewing the scraps from my neutrals storage bin. I wish I had a before picture because loose the strips really looked quite colorless but it is amazing how much color slipped in. Anyway, the plan is to use a fair whack of the following:


Plus some accents of these including a Pantone's Marsala-like solid:


To make a striped star quilt. At this stage I can't decide on six or eight points. One of the goals for
this year is to challenge myself to use palettes that make me a little uncomfortable and try using hues that initially I am not fond of. We'll see if this strategy makes that burgundy a winner...


Monday, January 5, 2015

hello 2015's pantone masala...


Pantone's color for 2015 is Masala which on the Kona chart most resembles Wine with a little Brick and Sienna thrown in. It reminds me of a darker version of a popular dusky rose red from the late 80's. Think I prefer it as a dark accent like in the quilts below and in the vintage hooked rug above which would look amazing as a log cabin quilt. Masala does look great in larger swathes in genuinely antique quilts and there are some very tempting reproduction fabrics out there. As for 2015, this year my goal is plainly just to sew. 2014 was a disaster on the making front. Here's hoping most of all that my family is healthier, my computer and sewing machine also cooperate and that I can carve out way more personal time. Would also like to catch up on months of blog posts as I feel very out of touch and am dying to see what you've all been up to... Happy New Year!

Wine:
Brick:
Sienna:

Reproduction fabrics:


More quilts with Masala as an accent: