In the Studio…

A couple of years ago I began “playing around” with the shape of a typical Christmas ornament…experimenting to just see how I might incorporate it into a design. ?  After settling on a shape, I used it in unique ways in designing a series of art quilts…each one very different, but all using the ornament shape.

The results (so far) include 3 small art quilts, which all have a Winter holidays theme~~

Winter Wren~

Winter Wren, Rayon & metallic on cotton, 7 3/4″ x 9 1/2″, © 2013 Joni Beach. Faced-applique, beading, free-motion and dense stitch quilting.

Santa’s Night-time Trek~

Santa’s Night-time Trek. rayon & metallic on cotton, 12″ x 11″, © 2013, Joni Beach. Appliqued and free-motion quilting.

And Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow~ A current project that I am now finishing.the Studio!

 

 

 Some of you have seen these photos on Instagram & Facebook. And, when I asked whether I should use Red thread or Blue, the Overwhelming answer was Blue!! 

So…..Blue it will be! 🙂

In the Studio this week, I am completing this art quilt and then plan to photograph it. The 3 Art Quilts in this series, Winter Holidays, will also be offered as a set of Art Cards in time for your Holiday Season! So stay tuned… 🙂

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*These 2 Original Art Quilts are Available in the Art Gallery! (Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow will be available soon)*

More Design Inspiration?

Well, it looks like Winter just does Not want to leave!!

Spring is Here!

So……I’m beginning to see new Design patterns and Inspiration in the Winter landscape!

Winter Patterns

But…I’m still hoping to see the vibrant colors of Spring flowers Very soon!  🙂

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*How about You?….I’d love you to share with all of us what your Inspirations are right now?*

Inspirations from Nature…and An Artist’s Materials.

Another wintry scene…

Winter’s Inspirations

ice encased twigs sparkling in the light…

snow silently falling…

a winter’s break for all!

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As a textile artist, I wonder if some people understand an artist’s motivations for in working in a particular art medium? Many times artist’s feel the urge to create because they are drawn to certain material(s) for some reason, such as fabrics…clay…wood…or watercolors. Is the reason because of~ how it feels to the touch?, how it looks?, or the way one can change or form it into something else?

On these cold, gray wintry days, I realize how drawn to the vibrant, rich colors of the fabrics and threads that I use in the studio! When I long for Spring, perhaps these colors become a substitute for nature’s flowers? Or, they give me an emotional response of hope and joy?

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Color Palette for “Field at Toledo”

Another reason I work with fabric and threads is because of the texture and “feel” of the cloth to my hands…the softness and textures as creations are designed and made. In layering the batting and backing with threadstitching, additional textures are created and layered through-out the piece.

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Color Palette for “Sea Images” series.

Textile art is unique in the soft, tactile nature of the materials, which can cause an  emotional response to the cloth. The depth of line and textures an artist can obtain is different than painting, sketching, and similar mediums.

I was drawn to fabrics as a child in grade school. I loved to visit a local fabric store and view all the many types, color, and textures of fabrics and threads…it fascinated me and motivated my imagination then,,,

and continues to now these many years later!

*If you are an artist, what is the material that most calls to you? For other Creatives in Life, are there types of art that you seem drawn to, because of the type of materials used to create it?