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A Quilting Day

Here is a long detail shot of the quilting on this piece. I have spent most of the day doing rather monotonous quilting on this. All the stitching runs horizontally. I am changing colors of thread for each season. I just have fall left to do.

Here is winter with gray thread.


And summer:

This piece relies on photos that I have taken of Mr C, Scooter and my neighborhood landscape. Even the screen was created from a photo. Today, on the SAQA list there was much ranting and raving about whether using photos in your work is real art. Since lots of people do it, you can imagine the brouhaha this caused. But, it didn’t bother me. I have put a lot of effort into this. I didn’t just take a photo and print it on fabric. I had a vision for what I wanted this to be and worked with the photos to make that happen. I think it is art.

Working with yellow is not as difficult as I thought it would be. Tonight, I did some needle felting because I didn’t want to rethread the sewing machine.

7 Responses to “A Quilting Day”

  1. Kristin L says:

    Ha ha, I think that conversation was quite tedious. Of course it’s all about how you use your medium and how it relates to your concept, and nothing to do with the validity of one medium over another.

    I also find amusing all the talk about the inability to find a decent design class, and proper critiques. These are both things I learned in art school along with life drawing, color theory, art history, typography, etc., etc. I distinctly remember the conversation not too long ago on SAQA extolling the virtues of being self taught and not being constrained by the brainwashing of school, yet now people are wanting exactly what school gives (but presumably all in one weekend class!).

  2. laura says:

    Well, I think photographers should be insulted to think their work might not be considered art. Give me a break!

  3. connie rose says:

    Oh, SAQA politics! Glad I’m not in that universe any longer. Your piece is fabulous, and you don’t need to justify to any of us that it is, or why it should be considered art! There are too many people out there taking issue with others’ work, and you know where they can go.

  4. Karoda says:

    that is the silliest thing i’ve heard in a while about the use of photos! the art is not in the material but the way the person employs those materials. The same could be said of assemblage artists who use doll heads or door knobs, etc. Just not a valid conclusion.

  5. Judy says:

    I love your piece….and yes, it definitely is art!


  6. Francoise says:

    Great work Gerrie. I agree with you about using your own photos in your art.
    Have a lovely day.

  7. catherine pardoe says:

    I love your latest work
    I saw your 12×12 at Birmingham and
    also have the book

    from Scotland