Lots of discussion lately among quilt artists on originality and the use of photos, copyright, inspired-by, copy-as-learning… and I’ve read some and skimmed over some of it. I think original means really original, but I think most of us have used many and varied learning methods as we made our way in our artistic endeavors.
My story is one of circularity! I saw a picture of a quilt (which I no longer have) which inspired me to make a painting, which is an obvious look alike, at least to me. That painting is now going to be the inspiration for a challenge quilt that I plan to make, on the theme of doorways.
I haven’t started it, yet, and I don’t think it will look a lot like this. The idea of a doorway, or arch is generally easy. I think it’s the colors that I want to work with–both when I did the painting and now.
We are all inspired and affected by everything with which we come into contact. I’m not ever going to make a copy of something and call it my original work, but I will definitely use whatever I see as inspiration and work through it to an original interpretation/abstraction of the idea.
I don’t want to make another version of this exact image…it’s been done. I DO want to convey my impression of an arched doorway with light shining through it, using these colors. Stay tuned as I tackle this concept!