Sunday, August 01, 2010

I started quilting the blue Moring Glory

piece on Friday after I returned from Condo sitting. The final plumbing inspection was done. No problems found. Yea!!!
I went to the condo prepared to spend the day because I thought the windows were going to be installed, but I misunderstood. The window company was coming only to measure the windows for size. So my time spent condo sitting was real short. I was in and out way before noon.
I had delayed starting on the Blue Morning Glory in part because I needed several values of blue thread. After leaving the condo I made the short trip to Joann Fabric and brought four spools, plus a spool of bobbin thread.
Oh a lucky find. While there are three yarn shops within an easy drive, there was only Michaels or Joann's in a pinch. So I was delighted to happen upon a yarn shop within walking distance on Thursday in a strip mall behind the McDonald's. Less than a mile away. On Thursday morning I had a quick chat with the owner, but had no time to really shop. Rene' is a knitter. She and I went back to do some serious browsing on Saturday afternoon and got there as the shop was closing. Shucky darn. Neither one of us brought anything. Serious yarn shopping is not something done in a hurry. But I had enough time to find out that The Knitting Patch relocated from Mount Dora about 6-7 months ago. Lora the owner was very nice and chatty. The shop was filled with a great selection of yarns and great samples. I can see many dollars being left in her register drawer.

I went into my photo archives to see if I could find this piece in its original state. I wanted show you what it looked like before I cropped it the first time and and a second time before it came to be what it is now. But had no luck.
Originally when I made this piece I was just playing around with improvisational screen printing using different thickened yellow dyes which gave me the background. It was pretty uninteresting at that point so I used some stamps I'd made using fun foam. While making the stamps I tried to think of as many window configurations I could that would still look like a window to the casual observer when used. That was all I had in my head at the time and because I don't as a rule make abstract art I have to have something "real" I can attach my art self to.
Then the black window juxtapositioned against the yellow background was too stark so I painted some red into the windows, thinking maybe that would convey the reflections of a red sunset.
So in truth this piece never said anything to me other than "Hey look at all the windows"
Despite that I kept it. As I said, it was folded and put away until I read the call for entry from Sacred Threads and that there was a separate call for Liturgical art. So having used the cruciform shape as the under structure for this piece I began cropping it until the main shape became more cross like.
It still is too abstract for me to attach much meaning to it and any name I call it I feel would be contrived and that was the main reason I was asking what it said to any of you. And maybe from what you said to me I could say wellllllll. Hmmmmm. Maybe......
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Judy Warner said...

Love the morning glory, Juanita.