27 March 2008

Time slots for Open Studios

Actual Size
Lynn Krawczyk
as seen in Embellishments As Inspiration
Oct/Nov 2007 Quilting Arts

If you are attending the International Quilt Festival in Chicago from April 11-13, please come visit me at Open Stuidos! Open Studios is in the Quilting Arts/Cloth Paper Scissors Make It University! area. I am honored to be a part of such a talented group of artists. We will be working on different techniques and you'll be able to ask all the questions you like.

I'll be working on quilts like the one shown above and explaining how to design art quilts using embellishments/found objects as the jumping off point.

Here are my time slots:

Friday April 11

Saturday April 12
12:30pm-2:30pm & 4:30pm-6:30pm

Sunday April 13

Stay tuned to the blog. I am posting the process I go through as I hash out the designs for my quilts and you'll see what I'm pulling together for Open Studios. I'm not going to show you every single piece (gotta leave some surprises for the show!) but you'll get to see how I go about selecting things and working out the details. You can see the First Step in this post.

I have been asked about the quilt shown in this post, about what was the embellishment that it is designed around. Its the tape measure on it. I'm a big etsy fan and I always like it when people photograph their items with a common item (like a quarter) to show scale or with a ruler. At the time I was working on the quilts for the article, I had just finished stitching together several three-dimensional hands. I trace my own hands when I do these (its a built-in pattern) and I got to thinking about how the stuffed hands I create are "actual size." The entire thing grew from there.

Orange/blue and orange/purple are my favorite color combinations. So I tossed the orange stuffed hand on a purple background and began pulling the details together. I liked creating contrast with the text and making the word "big" in small text and "small" in large text. Text is one thing I love incorporating and I also like opposites. That's why many times my color schemes are built off complimentary colors on the color wheel or there will be contradictions created by embellishments (such as the text.)

So that's some of the things I look when I'm mulling things over. Although its rarely that simple. There is often teeth gnashing and many trials that never see the light of day. But there is a method to my madness! Muahahahahaha! :)

Stay tuned, more to come!

1 comment:

Christine Thresh said...

I've got to hand it to you. That's great little piece. Love the whole thing.