Well, it didn't feel fantastic to face the empty design wall. That felt a bit sad and very daunting. After the big deadline of the show, I have absolutely no projects in process. Where to start?
At the NTAQ meeting we were given a new challenge, "The Peasants" by Pablo Picasso. The piece isn't due until our next meeting, which is over a month away, but I thought I would give it a go. It seemed a good place to start.
My cutting table had been taken over by painted paper scraps, leftovers from the class with David Hornung. I had a brilliant idea -- why not make a collage and work from that?
|Just a bit of painted paper......|
The original painting is from Picasso's Rose period, painted in 1906. It depicts two figures, two oxen and a box of flowers. Here is the picture pinned on my design wall.
I decided to make a small painted paper collage, recreating the composition in geometric shapes. Not only would it be fun to see if I could turn a paper collage into a finished quilt, it would also allow me to clear some of the paper off my cutting table. Win-win.
I started gluing pieces of paper in the upper left corner, reducing the background and figures to squares and rectangles and more or less matching the colors As I got farther down towards the lower right corner, I started moving farther away from the original composition. After I filled the collage with squares and rectangles, I added a few lines -- black, gold and blue. I felt it needed a few lines.
I managed to make a piece I rather liked, only upsetting the cup of glue once. Did I mention that I am a messy gluer? It is kind of a problem...
|Painted Paper Collage, 7" x 9"|
The next step was recreating the collage in fabric. I found that I had all of the colors I needed in my fabric inventory. Not that surprising, I guess....I have a rather large fabric inventory. I broke the piece into sewable sections and got to work.
I think the final piece is pretty close to the original collage. I changed the proportions a little, especially of some of the linear elements, but side by side you can see that they are closely related.
|Collage with as yet unnamed challenge piece, 31" x 39"|
I'm linking this post to Nina-Marie's Off the Wall Friday, Confessions of a Fiber Addict and Crazy Mom Quilts Finish it up Friday. Go see all the wonderful work there!