Friday, April 20, 2007

Altered Blocks

I am a member of Kansas Art Quilters, and our upcoming exhibition is "Altered Views". Several of us are working on a collaborative piece for this exhibition. The guidelines were to create two similiar 9" blocks, complete with quilting and binding. One of these blocks remains un-altered, and the other one was distributed to another artist to be altered and/or embellished. Below is the block that I received in its original state. Not exactly my normal color palette or style, so I initially struggled with it.



Below is what I eventually decided on as my altered version. I think I was successful in keeping the original artist's design intact, yet adding enough elements to give it my own style as well. What do you think?

11 comments:

I need orange said...

I love these colors, so my reaction to the original was very positive. :-)

I LOVE what you did. It looks much more finished now. I love your use of words, especially the different type and handwriting, and I like your printed and painted textures. I like the buttons, too.

Nice.

Sounds like a very interesting show! Ever since I did ceramics, many moons ago, I've thought it would be interesting to see both what the originator would do with a piece *and* what someone else would do..........

-- ps thanks for the visit and for enlightening me about Liz Berg -- I think you are absolutely correct. I wrote to her asking, so I can attribute it.... thanks!

Tricia McKellar said...

Wow! I love your additions.... may I send you some stuff from my studio? :)

Karen Stiehl Osborn said...

LOL....as much as I struggled initially with this piece, I did truly enjoy the opportunity to collaborate with another artist.

The Idaho Beauty said...

Bravo! You took a relatively ambiguous design and gave it such depth and complexity while, as you said, "keeping the original artist's design intact." I'm sure the artist will be pleased and impressed!

Beverly said...

The block as you got it is interesting, but not much else. Your additions have completed it- I don't know a better way to say it! I'd love to know how you add the writing to your pieces.

kathy said...

Wonderful. I love what you did with it. They should too!

Rayna said...

I wish I had had time to participate in this one. Maybe next time.

Annie said...

Great idea the altered block and wonderful result! I would love to see the exhibition

Joanna van said...

I love the demension you added to the piece. Do you think you might share with us how you achieve such great looks with writing on your fabrics?

Karen Stiehl Osborn said...

Most of the time, my text is added through screenprinting or writing with a syringe. I love to collect samples of handwriting from old family notes and letters.

Judy Rys said...

Very cool. You certainly do know how to make a piece your own! I have one of those curved syringes, but haven't had time to play with it yet.