An artist’s response to organic materials influences their creative process and the resulting piece of art–a sculptor carves a fish from wood…a potter throws a vase from clay…a painter paints a landscape with paint and canvas…or a textile artist creates a wall hanging from fabric and thread.
Growing up in North Carolina, there were many fabric shops and factory outlets with a large array of different types, colors, and patterns of textiles. I first found my love of fabrics and thread, and the possibilities of what they could become, wandering @ and dreaming in these stores. My first sewing project was in sixth grade Girl Scouts. We got to use a pattern, cut-out fabric, and use a sewing machine to make an apron. I was hooked…During high school, it amazed me that I could find fabric that I loved, find a pattern similar to styles in the stores, and create clothes! Magic…plus–they fit me!
During this past holiday weekend, we took a trip to Floyd,Virginia, a center for music and visual arts. This is one stop on the Crooked Road, Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail and along the Blue Ridge Parkway with its natural, beautiful scenery.
It was chance to get out & about…get inspirations from the sights and sounds of a new place…have time to incubate ideas… and gain encouragement to be creative. A time to be relaxed with other people…listen to music at the Floyd Country Store‘s noon concert…view other artists’ work in galleries, shops, and visit the sights and sounds of the outdoor community market. But, the main highlight for me was spending time at Schoolhouse Fabrics.
This store is reminiscent of the shops of my youth—an old three-storied school building filled with fabric of all types— including wools, cottons, and satins, colors—reds, greens, and purples– and textures—nubby, silky, and coarse.
I found the hard to find gold and silver fabric that is needed to finish my Lifeweavings wall-hanging,
brights for the fabric “paint”stash,
wonderfully vibrant colored silks,
and fun fabric for my grandbaby, I just could not pass up.
These are examples of the materials that are collected and used by textile artists. The artist responds to the color of the fabrics, the feel, or hand, of the cloth, and the texture of the piece visually and by touch. Wandering through the many aisles and rooms of colorful fabric, not only did I imagine what I might create… I remembered the girl dreaming of all the possibilities…
♦What are the materials you respond to in your artistic endeavors?
- Tuesday…”In the Studio…” (jonibeach.com)
12 Replies to “Tuesday…In the Studio–“An Artist’s Response to Materials””
the colors say it all!
I agree that color is a gift to us…joni
Right now I am responding to the new life around me. Calves in the fields down the road, new plants coming up in my garden and the smell of dirt freshly hoed. What a life! I love the fabrics. Thanks for the look back into your childhood.
The earth and a gardener is definitely an artistic endeavor…(not something I’m very good with 😦 ). Thanks for all your nice comments! My Best, joni
Don’t you just love fabric stores?? All of those vibrant colors and textures to peruse at leisure. I love your green and blue fabric-it reminds me of scuba diving in the East China Sea.
Judy, I absolutely do! And we have fewer @ here than we did 15 years ago…The green and blue fabric I just could not pass up! 🙂 joni
I adore color. I have a home full of color. I think color helps keep us happy. I am a retired art jeweler but have dabbled in all mediums. I have tried pottery, watercolor painting, painted furniture, fabric painting, and on and on. I live art. It is in everything I do even cooking. I plate our dinners and prepare meals with color coordination. I grow orchids and have a plethera of color there, too. i suppose I would be so disappointed if color disappeared.
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You do sound creative! Color is certainly uplifting to be surrounded by…let’s hope life is always full of colors.
My Best, joni
Love this post about color … I don’t know what I would do without it! Amazing ~~
I also respond to the colors @ me…one of life’s treasures for sure.