Another reveal from Latitudequilts:
When I put out this challenge, I called it maybe trite but when I started working on it, it really ended up as a challenge for me. While I was looking in my sketchbooks, and my heart for ideas, I came across a journal-quilt I made last year. It was worked with spraying through stencils with some tulips. And I really love tulips with their many shapes patterns and colours. And not to forget it’s history. The first tulip in Norway, bloomed in the garden of an old pharmacy here in the center of Bergen more than 400 years ago.
So I had an idea, but how to interpret it. By spraying and stenciling I managed to get a piece of cloth I liked, but I also needed a focus. I went to one of my other great love: Letters, in all it’s sizes and fonts. And how they can be decorative as well as have a meaning. So I stenciled a big L on top of it all and put the rest of the letters for love as a decoration on it. I hand quilted the visible tulips, machine-quilted the background and appliqued a photo-transfer of a tulip from my garden as a finishing touch.
Vi har hatt nok en avsløring av våre utfordringer med Latitudequilts.:
Da jeg ga denne utfordringen – LOVE – kalte jeg den triviell, men etter å ha arbeidet med den, ble det virkelig en utfordring. Mens jeg søkte i skissebøkene mine , og i hjertet, etter inspirasjon, kom jeg over en Journalquilt jeg lagde i fjor. Den var gjort ved å spraye gjennom stensiler av noen tulipaner. Og jeg elsker virkelig tulipaner med deres mange former og farger. For ikke å snakke om historien dens. Den første tulipanen som kom til Norge, bliomstret i hagen til Svanapoteket i Bergen for mer enn 400 år siden.
Så, jeg hadde en ide, men hvordan tolke den? Ved å spraye og rulle med stensilene mine, fikk jeg et stykke stoff jeg likte. Men jeg manglet fokus. Jeg gikk til en annen av mine lidenskaper, bokstaver i alle deres størrelser og fonter, og hvordan de kan være dekorative så vel som ha mening. Så jeg stensilerte en stor L og antydet resten av bokstavene som en del av utformingen. Jeg håndsydde de synlige tulipanene, frihåndsquiltet bakgrunnen og aplikerte en foto-transfer av en tulipan fra hagen min som en siste finish.
I’m really looking forward to 2014, hopefully it will bring many creative days. Today, I only want to share with you my two latest Journal quilts, for November:
Jeg ser virkelig frem til 2014, forhåpentligvis vil det bringe mange kreative dager. I dag vil jeg bare dele med der mine to siste Journal-quilts, for november og desember.
November is come and gone too quickly. And it ended with revealing our last challenge with Latitudequilts, Escape. At first glance, this was an interesting theme. But, when I started working with it, I had problems how to solve it as a quilt. I decided to go abstract, focusing on this:
Escape = an act of breaking free from confinement or control.
We live in a world where, in certain environments, being «out of the box» is not always a good thing. You have to fit in. So, I’ve tried to show this by breaking it all down to squares – in rows – with military precision, except for the one escaping and blooming. Because these people are sometimes regarded like a weed, like a dandelion. They are strong, beautiful, full of colour, they have freed themselves from the rules of the garden and pop up wherever they want!
Well, some weeks ago we revealed our new quilts on Latitudequilts. Our theme was «The sound of Silence», and my contribution was «Silence in a Heartbeat». It is based on the experience of what happens when you enter a «dead room», a room where no sound exist at all. Then you start to hear your own heartbeat, and the rush of blood in your veins. I decided to use music notation to express silence, the sound-wave to represent the heartbeat, and the echo-quilting represent the blood in the veins:
Today is reveal-day for Latitudequilts, and here are my little quilt:
I had to go far back to find my memory, from my early childhood. We had a cabin back then, out of the city, with a garden full of flowers and berry-bushes, which my grandmother planted in the 1930s. There also were a lake near by, where we used to go bathing with our row-boat. I decided to go abstract, seeing the flowers in the front, and an overview with lake and forrest in the background, as if seen from above.
Mono-printed and painted calico, freehand-quilted and hand-embroidered.