Child’s Play

For children their play is actually their work…They see, hear, taste, touch, and smell, experiencing the world. In this series, Child’s Play, I explore ways children learn, grow, and develop through fun and games, colors and crayons, animals and bugs, friends and family, and other wild, wonderful, awe-inspiring things!      

Playtime Games, 10 1/2″ X 7 3/4″, Rayon on cotton, beads and mini clothespins, (c) 2012 Joni Beach. Private Collection.

Using bright, primary colors and fun, quirky prints the games of children are depicted~Pin-the-Tail-on-the-Donkey, sparkling marbles, decorated flip-flops, the swirls of a turning top! For from the lessons learned in playing these games, they learn the lessons of life.  Fused applique, threadpainting, and free-motion quilting were used to compose, add details, line, and texture to the design.

Meow, Mr. Whiskers, 7 1/4″ x 10″, rayon on cotton, (c) 2013 Joni Beach.

Colors that children love and fun prints are used to create Mr. Whiskers. Saying hello in cat language is a specialty of children who know their pets well. Not only is he a cat, he is a friend who just happens to love to play with a ball of fabric yarn. Freehand cutting was used to create the shapes and threadpainting was used to add details. Dense stitch free-motion quilting was used to finish the piece. Oh, and a ball of fabric strips were rolled and stitched in place…