Monday, December 6, 2010

Cloud of Unknowing

Finally something new to post -- just finished today, Cloud of Unknowing, 26x17 inches.  This piece belongs in the Beyond Boundaries periodic series.

As I have with many quilts recently, I put two layers of batting in this one.  I've been using thin-ish cotton or thin cotton/poly batting when I double up.  I love the deep relief that the quilting lines create, plus the heft of the finished quilt.  I've found that heavier or doubled batting makes a piece hang a lot better and flatter than a single layer of batting does.

The center image was one of my many digital experiments.  In this case I printed the image on a transparency, then burnished it onto fabric treated with acrylic medium.  The colors transfer in an unusual way with this method -- I wasn't able to get the full spectrum of colors -- but I like the moody, uncertain quality of the image.

I had an excellent liquidation sale over the weekend, was able to sell a lot of no longer needed materials plus a few finished pieces.  Then I posted a lot of the leftover supplies on Etsy and sold much of that in short order.  There are still some spinning and weaving supplies left, though, if you want to have a look.

Usually, at this time of year, I begin an exhaustive list of what I hope to do in the following year.  Last year at this time I was involved with SAQA's Visioning Project, my goal being to "find my voice" with art quilting.  A few months into the project I withdrew myself from the structured aspects of it, but I did continue to move forward with what I intended to pursue -- which was/is my fascination with digital imagery on fabric.  So in retrospect, I accomplished a lot this year despite giving up on the busywork involved in following SAQA's suggested visioning format.  The fact is, I'm not much of a group person, I prefer working on my own, don't need frequent support or handholding, and usually end up resenting the amount of time involved in group participation.

This year, I'm not even a SAQA member any longer (couldn't afford to renew a couple months ago), and I care less and less about following anything suggested or prescribed.  The only thing that's ever worked for me, in the long run, has been to follow my own muse wherever she may take me.  I'm finally okay with that.  I don't need anybody's agreement or critique of what I do. 

So anyhow, back to next year, I don't have any grandiose plans.  I'm just going to keep taking it one day at a time.  I know that as I continue to clear away old stuff from my life, doors will open with new ideas and new directions, and my next creative steps, whatever they may be, will happen organically. 


frazzledsugarplummum said...

First of all I have to tell you that 'Pomegranites' arrived in perfect condition...all the way to the bottom of the Pacific and isn't she just beautiful...even more so in person. I love the colours and the workmanship is stunning. Thank you Connie.

LOVE this new Beyond Boundaries piece...Cloud of Unknowing. If this is what following your muse is rather than some structured way to find your voice, I say keep doing whatever it is you are doing. The muted colours of the centrepiece go strikingly with the background. I LOVE it!

and...congratulations on the sale.

Unknown said...

'Cloud of Unknowing' so fits with your musings about the year ahead. One day at a time is the best way for sure! Good thoughts for me to ponder as I start this day. Thanks, Connie.

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Sue Bleiweiss said...

one day at a time has always worked for me so I definitely recommend it.

That touch of teal in this collage really makes it sing.

Unknown said...

"The only thing that's ever worked for me, in the long run, has been to follow my own muse wherever she may take me. I'm finally okay with that. I don't need anybody's agreement or critique of what I do."

Brava, lady, brava!!

cv said...

Rose, this Cloud of Unknowing art was as gorgeous as you! Simply superb..have bookmarked and waiting for more!!

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