Now that the Ladies are safely designed, layered and quivering under my sewing machine, I'm taking a break from the frenzy. Today I struggled with line. Now I know that some people create just by making visual decisions as they go. Of course, that's not a bad idea since you need to make visual decisions visually, right????. That said - what happens when that fails you??
Since last summer, I knew darn well that I wanted to add some kind of finishing lines on the hands of the Ladies. I mean, let's great honest here - their hands were just kinda stumps - which equated to visual stopping points in the piece. Stopping points are not good either if your aim is to convey movement and grace. (read big sigh!) With the deadline looming, I had to once and for all make the decision concerning the hands. (read even bigger sigh!)
|Arm extends across Yellow Lady - cutting her in two and taking the eye right off the piece|
So I took my own advice and made visual decisions visually by auditioning different tissue paper curves at the ends the hands. An hour and a half into it, all were wrong and I wasn't any further along. My eye told me they were wrong but I couldn't figure out why. So I just tried one curve after another. Finally, after a cup of tea, I realized that maybe if I used my brains instead of my eye I could stop this whole auditioning process. The hands were in essence the line and movement of the piece. I needed to decide what way I wanted to the viewer's eye to move - where the flow of the quilt was going - and where it would eventually stop. So a piece that started out in an exercise in value - ended up being just as big a lesson in line.
|Hand is working with the Yellow Lady's line but still is a bit heavy|
And the lesson doesn't stop there - once I figured out the lines of the hands (which took 20 minutes after my epiphany) - there are still all the quilting lines to work out. You've caught me in the midst of that. Still I can tell you one thing - the lines are NOT going to fight against the movements of the Ladies who after all are the focal point of the pieces (as all divas are). So many times lately, I see quilts, art and traditional, that have quilting lines that seem totally foreign to the composition of the piece. Remember composition and line should compliment each other - not work against each other. Take elements from one to guide you in the placement of the other.
|Hand is finally working the the lines of Yellow's Lady's dress and is in proportion to her curves|
I'm writing this all down here - so next time I'll remember how important line is before I waste an hour and a half trying to work against the composition. (read one last parting sigh)
The Ladies will be finished by tomorrow - I promise - safely making the deadline.
So what have you been up to creatively??