Wednesday, February 4, 2015
imitation and inspiration
Everyone borrows inspiration. It takes a while for artists to find their particular niche.
I'm not into representational quilts ... at all. I appreciate the craft and skill! But I am not drawn to them aesthetically.
Yet I created this little piece for James's third birthday. I spontaneously copied the wrapping paper I used for his gift and pieced this small wall hanging. I needed to create something. But as a rule, I don't set out to design representational quilts. Could I create these little quilt pictures to sell? I probably could, but it's not what drives me.
At this early stage in my quilt design life I am drawn to many styles and patterns of modern quilts, improvisational or otherwise. I have always loved busy quilts, but I feel myself also drawn to low volume quilts. I love wonky ones with uneven edges and simple ones with clean lines.
I feel like I'm in a creative crisis — a fun one, but my head is spinning. As I pin quilts at Pinterest each morning, with now 1,688 quilts pinned (!), each one inspires for at least one element — color, fabrics, pattern.
Copying someone else's pattern exactly doesn't appeal to me, even with different fabrics, and yet I am so drawn to people's patterns and styles! Of course the question is how to take inspiration, and make designs that are my own.
Whatever my own is.
I have a lot to learn about design: color, value, movement.
I received more quilt books in the mail. I can't wait to share those inspirations with you.