I’m spending time making studies of possible quilts for the next series. I think it is still going to be water themed. I have so many interesting water textures, reflections, and water line arrangements I would like to use, and they go well together, sometimes contrasting and sometimes more in harmony. I am exploring rhythms and line qualities as well as secondary more subtle imagery that appears when you deconstruct the photo-related design. I have played with new color enhancements on the computer already so there are lots to choose from in my design folders.
I start by collecting all the new water images (and a few other images that might go with them) and also the color-changed and otherwise manipulated or combined interpretations that I think might work well together. Out of this collection folder I print multiple copies on Epson matte presentation paper (multiple sizes also). That way the colors are nice and vibrant and very similar to what I can print on the Fabrisign prepared silk that I buy from Jacquard. Then I start cutting strips or shapes to juxtapose for my design studies. Sometimes I use one as background, sometimes the paper quilt is composed only of strips or shapes.
I lay the strips together as I might fuse or sew them…and I photograph them. When I have one I want to keep I glue or use double sided tape to afix it to a notebook page. Generally they are about 8″ x 10 or 12″ I am currently using a 11 x 14 hard bound sketchbook. I like having them all in one place where I can consult previous collages, and I can easily take them with me to show others.
I also use the photos of some of these as modules in a multi paneled quilt design, so I can get an idea of other designs that are possible, or what repetitions look like. This is easy to do in Photoshop and gives a good idea of an overall effect. From these studies I develop an idea of where I want to start with the series.
I rarely follow any of the studies exactly. I use them as idea generators and outlines rather than exact maquettes. My choices with the fabric are informed by the study work I did with the paper. I feel like this time spent on studies is extremely valuable…I don’t have to make every one, only the ones I am really drawn to after I make them. I can try out things that might not work and have only wasted a little paper and ink.
I have more information about the image interactions before I enlarge them for fabric printing and cutting. There is plenty of room for chance encounters, both in this paper play process and also in the actual fabric cutting and manipulation. The actual fabric construction is also where I add detail–usually small pieces that would have been too small to put in the paper studies. All in all it is a valuable part of my creative process.
Once again I am playing with combining photos I’ve taken recently with some of the painting and sketchbook drawings I’ve done. I don’t know whether or how I will use them, but they are fun to experiment with. There are of course lots of combinations with blending modes and different repetitions of layers. For these I am letting the colors of the painting determine the final colors, for the most part.
Leaves and foam on the creek surface
Photo of closeup of painting
Photo on top(difference blend) and bottom layer; painting in middle (screen blend)
Same photo on top, difference blend; painting middle photo, divide blend; photo repeat on bottom
Then a simple collage of three small repeats of the beautiful shape of a milkweed pod with no color changes but with the blending mode used for subtlety in the collage blend. (Hard light gave this result.)
Painting with Milkweed pods
Then another blend of sketchbook drawing with the fall grasses (before yesterday’s snow1).
Foothills dry grasses
Drawing as top layer; photo as bottom layer; difference blending mode
Really have no immediate plans to use these, but I like the effects and textures. Just have to wait and see where my quilt designs go.
I am honored to once again have a piece in Quilt Visions at the Visions Art Museum in San Diego. I am even more excited to see that it has been given an award by the jurors…The Friends of Fiber Arts International Award as the quilt which most reflects the universality of artistic expression. Wow! Love that!
I’ve had a sneak preview of the show and it is fabulous…lots of excellent work by many of my favorite artists working in fiber. What a pleasure to see my work amidst them.
One of the original photos used in Liquid Sunset and Liquid Moonlight
Those photographed pond ripples have been a productive route for me.
Piers, 2016 SAQA AuctionDonation by Charlotte Ziebarth
The 2016 SAQA fundraising auction starts September 16. My mini quilt, entitled Piers, can be seen here at the SAQA website. Instructions for how the auction works can be found there as well as all the other quilts.
This piece came fro one of my ocean photo prints plus some digital coloration. It was inspired by the many pier remains that can be seen along the coasts of California. The colors are so reminiscent of sunsets on the ocean.
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Wow! Look at this. The invitation and other publicity for this year’s New Legacies: Contemporary Art Quilts features a detail shot of my quilt, Shifting Sands. Unfortunately I can’t make it to the opening, but will be sure to get up there shortly after as it is always an inspiring show. See the quilt in the Recent Work gallery.
Invitation to New Legacies Reception
Photo by Ken Sanville, Louisville, CO.
Here is one of the original digital colorations I printed for the silks I used to make Shifting Sands. I love seeing the different ways I can use these natural lines captured by the camera and colored by me and Photoshop.
One of the Original Digital Prints for Shifting Sands
Stay tuned for more!
I am so pleased that one of my quilts was chosen for display in the Mongolian capitol of Ulaanbaatar by US Ambassador Jennifer Galt. Urban Reflections: Lake Merritt #2 will be on display for about 2 years in the Ambassador’s offices.
Ambassador Galt chose several pieces from Colorado fiber artists. The entire show can be seen here as well as other Embassy Exhibits. This is a wonderful program and I am pleased to be part of it.
Urban Reflections #2, Lake Merritt 31″X44″ by Charlotte Ziebarth
I have recently finished a 10 week online course with Jane Davies called 100 Drawings on Cheap Drawing Paper. I have learned so much and painted soooo much. Some of these lessons or actual paintings will probably eventually make its way into my art quilt work. There are so many possibilities, from painting on cloth or over photo or digital images to scanning and printing my paper paintings onto cloth. In the meantime here are some examples from the class.
Smoke And Ashes by Charlotte Ziebarth
Smoke And Ashes is appearing now at the Sunderland Gallery in Omaha as part of the EDGE exhibit group. Here is a link to more information about the exhibit.
I am very pleased to have one of my new quilts appearing in Art Quilt Elements at the Wayne Art Center in Wayne, Pennsylvania. The show opens March 18th and runs through April 28, 2016.
This quilt is one of a series where I am exploring a cutting and layering system of arranging the elements of water imagery in a diagonal manner. The lines and color blends look so much like the fabrics achieved by shibori dyeing techniques. I have taken on the challenge of working in a different, but very dramatic, color scheme (for me); all the photos of water were changed into sharp reds, yellows and blacks. (The blacks print very nice and black on the prepared silks I get from Jacquard.) The finished work has lovely little bits of greeny turquoise accenting the lines.
Although the arrangement is abstracted, the wavy lines of the cuts and the stitching very much are reminiscent of waves and repetitive wave action, kelp, and things floating in the sea. The coloring suggests water reflections at sunset or the terrible images of forest fire or lava flows entering or reflected in water.
This was the piece I was working on when a photographer visited my studio, so here you can see me at the pinwall working on it. I arrange at the wall, pinning sections and moving to the pressing table to fuse…..then back to the pinwall to add some more sections. (You will notice my final selection of orientation is upside down from the way I initially worked on it!)
At the Pinwall
cutting the prints
The detail views show the raw edge component and the stitching. All stitching on this one was done after the placement and fusing. A little bit of satin stitch detail was added here and there.
another detail showing the turquoise accents
Collage Study 1
I do many collage studies before I start a new large quilt. I print the altered photos on good Epson matte paper and cut, layer, and glue. This gives me freedom to try lots of different things before I commit to digital ink and yards of silk.
Collage Study 1 is most like the 4 quilts I did last year that will be seen in upcoming shows, Art Quilt Elements 2016 and Fiberarts International 2016 and others…..and thus I think it would make a successful quilt. But I have done a lot of collage studies of digitally recolored water photos which I also like. So I’m going to explore some other ideas too. I like playing with the stripes, which look so much like shibori techniques. And I like the different balances of dark and light in these other studies. I also love this color scheme in its variations in all these studies, mostly based on only 1 photo design.
Collage Study 2
Collage Study 3
The last one is influenced by my acrylic on paper collages I’ve been doing under the influence of Jane Davies. I’ve bought several Gelli printing plates and have really enjoyed the results as well as the pulling prints process. Some of these mono-prints are going to be photographed and end up on quilts I’m sure.
I’m starting a new online class with Jane next week, 100 Drawings/Paintings on Cheap Paper. That will take some discipline! We’ll see what kind of influence that has on my quilt work.
Visit again later to find out…….and to see what this year’s quilts turn out to be…..after all these are only studies and much change can happen along the way.
Collage Study 4