Just a thought regarding design:
Recently I toured the Frank Lloyd Wright home and studio in Oak Park. He is famous for designing everything in a home right down to the napkins and dishes leaving no room for surprises that may clash with his vision. A control freak? Probably. But isn't that the essence of design? I am always aware of the rules that I draw for a painting or quilt. Be it a color scheme or a pattern structure, there is always some designing happening; yet, I try to allow for surprises and improvisations to find their way in. Allowing these blessings to happen and knowing when and how to keep them can be hugely rewarding. I tried to strive for a balance in this quilt by creating rules and then, constantly breaking them. I don't know if it is brilliant or lazy or just a means of shifting the onus of the outcome onto fate. I wonder what Wright would think. Did he ever improvise?
A thought on the Y shape:
I mentioned above my recent obsession with the Y shape. Not only does it appear in this block print design, but in the veins of leaves I paint, the branching of trees, etc. It is actually the symbol for Chicago if you examine the manhole covers; it represents the split of the Chicago river. I'm not sure what I think all this means if it means anything. I'm just noticing that it is appearing and reappearing in my work without me being aware, and that I respond to it. Anyone else noticing Y's in nature or elsewhere?
|Flips side color blocked|
|detail of stitching|
|on the lawn|