putting some pieces together
These are a few of the quilted wall hangings created by my friend Sylvia. She bases many of them on designs from Dover books she’s collected over the years, adding whatever embellishments come to mind in the moment–beads, sequins, ribbon, shells, etc. I really admire her color and design choices.
The two of us collaborated on the design of a piece to hang over the bookcases in my living room. After we chose the fabric, she then did an amazing job of putting everything together. But I’ll let her tell that story–with pictures–in another post.
collage in progress
I don’t quilt, but I really enjoy arranging pieces in unusual or unexpected juxtapositions, which is kind of the definition of collage. I haven’t worked on one in several years, but I never stopped collecting material. A few weeks ago, I started this one, which is still in progress:
Collage is a great way to create visual art if you’re like me and don’t consider yourself to be especially artistic. All you need are a stack of magazines, a pair of scissors, a glue stick, a piece of cardboard or poster board, and your imagination.
This is a lovely post. I would love to see more of Sylvia’s work! I like seeing your collage in process. I can relate to the stack of magazines and scissors. 🙂 Can’t wait to see more!
Yes, sometimes it seems like a long process–especially the way I’m doing it. 🙂 But, thanks, and I’ll show more later.
I must admit I did a double take when I first saw those quilts. I thought they were stained glass windows. Wonderful stuff.
That’s what I thought about Sylvia’s quilts, too! I agree they are wonderful.
Joycelyn, Nice post on quilts and collages. I still drag my old collages from the ’70s around with me in an old portfolio, even copy-wrote them (thanks to Lynn,) under the title “Cut “n Paste.” I didn’t do any more till the late Nineties, when a co-worker of Lynn’s whose husband was in a metal band (forget the name) asked me to do a CD cover for an album to be called “Crush Your World.” I gave them two, but both were rejected because they were not violent and bloody enough.
For tools, I highly recommend a tight, sharp pair of cuticle scissors and a fine point X-acto knife.
Richard, I’ve gotten rid of a lot of stuff over the years, especially after RC died, but I held onto my collage materials and even a stack of his. Have yours faded significantly? If not, what do you do to protect them from sunlight?
I’d like to see those CD covers someday.
Thanks for reading and commenting.
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