Today’s design workshop with Heather Jones was so much better than I had anticipated. Oh-that sounded bad! I expected a good workshop and this one went beyond my expectations.
Now, let me remind you that I have been drawing, re-sizing and designing quilt blocks for close to 50 years. (Yeah, I’m old–you just hush now!) I was originally drawn to quilting by the wonderful patterns and graphic designs, the geometric precision of piecing. And my total immersion in improvisational work for the past 15 years has moved me away from that.
We brought inspirational photos. No problem…I’ve been taking them forever, but I really haven’t been using them. I will be now!
Step 2 was to decide what we were drawn to and what we wanted to emphasize from our photos. Then a rough sketch. Refine the sketch. Figure out size/ratio, colors–all the quilt math parts.
Abstracting what we needed from each photo——-I haven’t done that in just about forever. Many of the students refined through several iterations and got very abstract designs. I took the easy way out for the first one. I tell myself that I abstracted it as much as possible before I took the photo, but uncertainty in the process is the real truth.
I started feeling braver, so I went with only a sketch for the next one, because I’m pretty sure I’ll piece it improvisationally.
And I had time to start a third one, which I feel that I have abstracted more to what was important to me in the photo.
I may or may not execute it in black and white, but after making the drawing, I’m leaning towards some bright, high contrast colors.
Bottom line on the day–I was reminded of how much I love drafting and drawing out designs. I remembered what drew me to quilting. I was inspired by the design/abstraction/drawings of everyone around me. I am full of enthusiasm about precisely drawn designs again.
This day filled me with love of my chosen art form, happiness to share it with like minds, and true joy.
This is why I take workshops!