act instinctively and then reflect

There’s nothing new to show on the gypsy cloth. I worked in a creative frenzy to get the basic cloth woven, stabilized and dyed.  Now I have to let what I finished soak in for a bit.  I am not fully present, at least not with my logical mind, when I create. When the muse is strong in me, I follow without asking how or why.

Today I want to think about my relationship with quilting. Like my relationship with weaving, I have very strong likes and dislikes.

Here’s what I like

  • art quilts-whatever that means
  • frayed edges, tatters
  • minimal focus on geometric forms and repetition
  • use of found objects
  • text as a design element
  • clothing
  • dark or intense color
  • rescued and recycled fabric
  • hand sewn

Here’s what I dislike, and I say this with the utmost respect for those who work in this style. I honor your process, but it is not mine.

  • traditional patterns
  • strict geometry
  • fabric bought for the project
  • repetition
  • bed quilts
  • pastel color
  • floral prints
  • visible machine stitching

Can I combine my saori weaving with quilting?  I don’t know yet. There’s no reason why I can’t incorporate layers and patches of handwoven fabric, maybe build up a wool garment on a silk foundation, and combine wool and silk in a variety of ways.

If I didn’t have to be someplace else, I would love to dump out my entire armoire of fabric and put the fabrics back by color, rather than by the random arrangement that I have. I keep my books sheved by the color of their spines.  Why not the fabrics, too?


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