Hi! It’s me, Deborah Boschert,
again. I’m the author of
Art Quilt Collage: A Creative Journey in Fabric, Paint & Stitch. It’s just been released, and I am so excited that it’s finally out
in the world.
Back in July, I shared a sneak peak of the Eight Design Guides from the "Design and Composition" chapter. Today I want to
share with you a bit from the "Personal Symbols" chapter.
Including a personal symbol in
an art quilt—or any kind of art—gives the artist and the viewer new ways
to connect with the art. The book includes ideas, suggestions, and exercises for
developing, defining, and designing your own personal symbols.
Looking over the art quilts
I’ve made in the past several years, several symbols turn up quite regularly. I
return to houses, rocks, ladders, trees, chairs, and bowls over and over. I
especially love chairs.
Blue Chair Mantra
Chairs suggest that even though
I am sitting still, I am not idle. I’m thinking, planning, and remembering. At
least that’s what they symbolize to me. They may mean something different to
someone else. Or maybe chairs just look cool.
Art Quilt Collage includes
suggestions for many different ways to consider shapes and personal symbolism.
There are also ideas for creating
symbols with fabric, paint, and stitching. I especially love using dense hand-embroidery stitches to create a negative outline.
Embroidered chair example
Here’s a stamp created with
sticky-backed fun foam and the chair printed from the stamp.
As the title of the book
suggests, my art quilts always include layers of fabric, paint, and stitching.
Just Sitting, I used a stencil to paint a vine along the bottom of the art
quilt collage. Then I continued the vine overlapping the chair with carefully
cut fabric pieces.
The book includes several short
exercises I call “See What Happens.” This is the mantra I bring into the studio
with me. It suggests that every part of the creative process has the potential for
discovery. In the "Personal Symbols" chapter, the "See What Happens" exercise
offers a framework and challenge for finding meaning and design potential with
an interesting shape. (I am so excited to teach these “See What Happens”
exercises in upcoming workshops!)
I’m not tired of exploring the
chair symbol. I think there are more chair quilts in my future.
She Sits to Create #12
As you’d guess from the title, Art Quilt Collage: A Creative Journey in Fabric, Paint & Stitch includes
tips, techniques, instruction, and inspiration on lots of topics involved in
creating an art quilt collage. The "Personal Symbols" chapter is a bit of an
unexpected bonus and new way to think about the creative process. I’m eager to
see what shapes you’ll include in your work and what they’ll symbolize to you!
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