To all of you folks who’ve come by from Blogging it Forward, welcome! Fiona from Cafe Cartolina has handed over the torch to me, and I’d love to show you a bit about what inspires me. Actually, I do this quite a lot! I’m finding that the more I am able to talk about what I find inspiring, the more I learn about my artistic process, which is making it easier to get past a block, or to figure out what’s working in a piece.
As a quilter I “draw” with my electric needle – my sewing machine. When learning free motion quilting, I spent several years trying to perfect the size of my stitches, the smoothness of my line, the spacing between my lines… At some point I realized that “really good” free motion quilting is so perfect that it could (and is) programmed by a computer. This really had me stymied for awhile, until I realized that this machine quality was what was bothering me, and I came up with a way to use my machine and still keep that fact that the lines were made by my hands evident, I call it free motion machine sketching.
Anyway, as a prolific reader of blogs, I scroll through lots of eye candy every day! There are certain things that make me gasp, and I’ve noticed that one of the themes that run through what is gasp-worthy is work where the fact that something was made by the hands of a living, breathing individual is still apparent! The 1st example of this is a new fabric design of Jan DiCintio, a.k.a. Daisy Janie:
She posted the other day about how she took a sketch from doodle to design. That design is amazing to be because of the delicious unevenness of her lines – this is most evident in the corner marked by the red 3. She starts with a hand drawn sketch and manipulates it with the computer – but that hand drawn quality never disappears, and that is what takes a geometrical design to something special! Bravo Jan!
I had another gasp this week when I saw the rustic silver jewelry of Madison Reece. I love the texture she gets in her silver – look you can see her fingerprint in the upper part of that flower necklace! How cool is that?
Now let me show you some woodblock prints I just bought from Sean “Deacon” Neprud. He carves, inks & prints each piece by hand. I’ve enlarged one so you really see the layers of color and texture he gets – I love those layers! he’s got a crazy promotion on right now where he has just finished carving and printing 101 different pieces and is selling them crazy cheap, check out his shop link below to sign up and get in on the fun.
Finally, the stupendous work of Diana Fayt. Look at that perfectly intricate flower…the marks on that bowl…those pears! I really can’t even describe how incredibly awesome her work is to me, but I DO know that part of why I love it is it is completely evident to me that each perfect piece is made by hand, and what makes it perfect is the fact that it isn’t, the little wobbles & wiggles shout out to me “Someone made me!”
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