Saturday, June 20, 2015

You know you're getting old, when...............

We don't get a newspaper out here in the country.  The cost is exorbitant and so I've relied on friends to let me know.  Well, this past week one of our friends with whom both J & I grew up with summers at the cottage, died.  I wasn't aware of her illness (ovarian cancer) over the past year and she went down suddenly after putting a lot of effort into her remaining life.  I found out the day before her memorial service, which we attended this past Tues.  Some people collect people and our friend did just that with a heart of gold.  The church was packed to standing room only.  She would have been working the crowd had she been there.  And so as a result, I have the URL of the obituary page of the Toronto Globe & Mail now posted on my tool bar.  Why didn't I did this years ago.  We're at the age where our friends are dropping like flies.  And then, one day we will, too....however, like Scarlet O'Hara, I'll think about that tomorrow.

And to make this quilty...I searched through my pictures and found this quilt which I designed years ago and which some of my quilting students back then, made.  Later, when I entered art college I took it into the college to have it critiqued by one of my instructors.  The reason I went to art college was just to understand, if I could, how design worked on a 2-dimensional surface in a balanced way.  The critique offered was that there was a weakness in design on the inner border.  I could easily see what the instructor meant.  I must make the quilt again some day and redesign that section of the quilt.

I am used to having my work critiqued because of my years (as a mature student) at the art college but in submitting my work to juried exhibits and reading the critiques later when the quilts are returned, it's interesting how frequently I am told there must be more quilting on my work.  There are times when I don't want the quilting to take the eye away from the design itself and with one going out shortly, I deliberately did not have a certain portion quilted any more than necessary due to the image.  I almost feel that it needs to go out with a note attached saying...I did not want this section quilted because it represents something that would normally not appear to be quilted. 

But I won't.


At June 21, 2015 at 2:47 AM , Blogger Laura in IA said...

Well I love your quilt anyway. It has a lot going for it in spite of that border short coming. I think sometimes I can recognize when a quilt is "not working" for me but I don't have the knowledge to express what it is. That's why I don't do it for the public critiquing, just the pleasure of the making.

At June 21, 2015 at 5:51 AM , Blogger RoseyP said...

Laura, I've been entering juried shows for quite some time now, it justifies my years at the Ontario College of Art (&Design U, now). People, my friends, who were always upwardly mobile, thus the fancy funerals I'm going to now, asked what I was going to do with the education...I sort of feel this justifies all the years spent there in my forties. And studying design and colour had to be one of the most exhilarating things for me...this next piece going out will surely have a report back, not enough quilting...I can see that it would do that for someone who is judging from a quilt background. Looking at how the longarm quilter has quilted this, the backing is intriguing, the little designs she threw into the mix. I just give her my artist's statement and what I'm trying to convey, she takes it from there, a true collaboration which I'm grateful for in having her, for now, close by. I've always loved that quilt design myself but I could immediately see the weakness of design in that inner border once it was pointed out to me. The funny thing is I love doing applique but I love pieced quilts, just don't have the patience to make them and I know many people who do pieced work say that about appliquework.
Thanks for your input, Rosey


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