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Atmosphere – Indigo dyed quilt

Earlier last year, I dyed some cotton fabric in indigo. The texture and the colour changed from pale blue to a deep indigo. I really liked the design of this piece and I wanted to keep it intact as much as possible. My inspiration to use this indigo fabric was a modern painting I saw in a decorating magazine. The artwork had three large bands of colour running horizontally with the colours blending together.

I pulled a deep indigo piece of fabric and a pure white cotton pique to use with the ombre. I took many photos while deciding on the proportions of the white pique. Some of the photos were taken in the evening as I was working to create this piece for a deadline.

My first attempts had the darker indigo on top. I tried many positions, folding, pinning and moving the white pique until I was certain of the final size.

During this process, I tried rotating the fabric so that the darkest indigo was on top, bottom and either side. Initially, I thought that having the piece run from dark at the top to light on the bottom worked the best.
You can see that I finally decided to orient the fabric so that the lightest colour is on top, moving down toward the darker.

Atmosphere
2016 ©Doris Lovadina-Lee
49 x 42 inches
hand dyed indigo, commercial fabric, thread
$1,200.00

I am happy with Atmosphere. It reminds me of water. For some, it reminds them of snow falling. What does it remind you of?

Pages from Life’s Journey: works in a series

I was very taken by the works of Toronto artist: Sung Ja Kim Chisholm. Pages from Life’s Journey were on display at the World of Threads Exhibit.

Pages from Life's Journey, Series 1 by Sung Ja Kim Chisholm, Toronto, Canada

Pages from Life’s Journey, Series 1 by Sung Ja Kim Chisholm, Toronto, Canada

These pieces are made with white fabric and plaster.

Pages from Life's Journey, Series 2 by Sung Ja Kim Chisholm, Toronto, Canada

Pages from Life’s Journey, Series 2 by Sung Ja Kim Chisholm, Toronto, Canada

There is a simplicity that I find appealing.

Pages from Life's Journey, Series 3 by Sung Ja Kim Chisholm, Toronto, Canada

Pages from Life’s Journey, Series 3 by Sung Ja Kim Chisholm, Toronto, Canada

The absence of colour makes me want to get close to examine the nuances of each piece.

Detail from Pages from Life's Journey, Series 3 by Sung Ja Kim Chisholm, Toronto, Canada

Detail from Pages from Life’s Journey, Series 3 by Sung Ja Kim Chisholm, Toronto, Canada

There is a similarity between each one, yet each series evokes a very different feeling.

What would the pages from your life look like?

 

 

Look up – Ceilings as Inspiration

We don’t often walk around looking up to see what is above our heads. If we looked up more often we would see some beautiful and inspirational ceilings.

Ceilings as inspiration for:

  • applique
  • shapes
  • blocks
  • block settings
  • quilting designs
  • colour palettes
  • textures
  • layouts
Stained glass cupola in Casa Loma

Stained glass cupola in Casa Loma

Cupola in Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral, Montréal

Cupola in Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral, Montréal

Medallion in Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral, Montréal

Medallion in Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral, Montréal

Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral, Montréal

Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral, Montréal

Wooden ceiling in Notre-Dame de Montréal

Wooden ceiling in Notre-Dame de Montréal

Wooden ceiling detail in Notre-Dame de Montréal

Wooden ceiling detail in Notre-Dame de Montréal

Wooden ceiling in Notre-Dame de Montréal

Wooden ceiling in Notre-Dame de Montréal

Painted wooden ceiling in Notre-Dame de Montréal

Painted wooden ceiling in Notre-Dame de Montréal

Painted wooden ceiling in Notre-Dame de Montréal

Painted wooden ceiling in Notre-Dame de Montréal

Wooden ceiling in Notre-Dame de Montréal

Wooden ceiling in Notre-Dame de Montréal

Wood ceiling

Wood ceiling

I love the colour and texture of this ceiling. It is the underside of an outdoor warehouse structure in the Port of Old Montreal.

Ceiling of Montreal Marriott Chateau Champlain

Ceiling of Montreal Marriott Chateau Champlain

So, look up! You never know when something will spark an idea for your next project.

 

Vacation inspirations

Many of us have hundreds of photographs taken during our vacations. Digital cameras have made it easy to take and store images. How often do you go back and look at them?

Mayan Riviera tile

Mayan Riviera tile

Looking through holiday pictures can stimulate creativity. Look closely and see what design ideas are hiding in plain sight.

Mayan Riviera tree ceilingMayan Riviera wooden ceiling

Patterns on tiles, floors and ceilings can inspire quilt blocks or quilting designs.

Mayan Riviera jar

Mayan Riviera jar

The patina and colours found in pottery and nature can inspire unique colour palettes and applique shapes.

Mayan Riviera leaf

Mayan Riviera leaf

The texture of bark  can inspire a machine or hand quilting pattern.

Mayan Riviera tree trunk

Mayan Riviera tree trunk

Mayan Riviera fossils

Mayan Riviera fossils

Look back at your vacation photographs, enjoy reminiscing and then take a closer look at all the designs that inspire your creativity!

Texture – tree bark

I have taken more than a few photos of trees. I am attracted to their shape, their colour but most of all their texture.

textures tree bark smooth

Some are smooth.

textures tree bark lichen

Some have interesting colour.

textures tree bark silver

Some have layers of strata.

textures tree bark hole

Some have interesting holes hidden inside.

textures tree bark driftwood

Some have the look of cooled molten lava.

texture barnboard

Some have been weathered into rags.
These beautiful textures offer a lot of design opportunities for the Abstracting from Nature class I will be taking with Jane Sassaman at Quilt Canada 2016 in a couple of weeks.