Houston Part 2
There was so much to share from Houston, I couldn’t possibly write just 1 blog post! I met so many wonderful people, especially in my classes. In one class, I had 2 ladies from the UK and 3 ladies from Japan! Here are some pictures from my Sculptured Silk classes: click on the pictures to enlarge them.
While we all struggled mightily with less than great machines, I thought the variations in quilting on the silk were really cool!
The last day was a great group of students who signed up for my Color Play for Quilters class. We worked on value scales in black, white and grey, and another in 1 color. Here we compared the black and grey one on the left with the one in color on your right, using our camera.
Then in the afternoon, they chose a color scheme to work in and create a small study. At this point, the class moved into working on composition. It was very interesting to notice that most people felt uncomfortable with designing abstracts just using shape, line, color and value. The tendency was to scatter the shapes and colors all over the surface, or to line them up like tin soldiers.
With this complimentary color scheme, the designer was going for a spiral structure to organize his composition.
But the pieces were too far apart to be perceived as a spiral.
You can see the improved version on the bottom row in the middle.
I particularly liked this lovely analogous color study:
Many thanks to the students for sharing their images with me, and with you!
IF you struggle with composition, color and design, and want some help with that, I have an online class called, It’s Elemental! which is opening up soon. AND in the New Year, I am creating a brand new class online to give you a chance to design and make a new piece from start to finish, with lots of help on design and composition. YAY! Finally, a class to walk you through your project, and take the guesswork out of composition. Let me know your thoughts and requests for what you would like to learn in a class like this…..
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