When I first started quilting, it was all about the basics. How to get a consistent scant 1/4" seam. How to get your points to match. How to get the right tension etc, etc. As I moved on to designing my own work (and it didn't take long), I realized that the design elements were what was really important. And I didn't know them....at all....funny how they don't include them in a BS in Engineering. So little by little, I've been studying them. This week is line.
Oh good! I know what a line is ... it's a mark that connects two points. (And you thought your 2nd-grade geometry was wasted!) But it's so much more than that!! A line can express meaning, evoke an emotional response, symbolize thoughts, and create organization and division. It can create an underlying value that will hold the rest of your piece together. That's a lot that is merely a mark between two dots!
I know you're saying really, Nina? YES! Let me show you what I mean...
Horizontal lines have a calming effect and create stability in a piece....think of a horizon line in a sunset, like the ones Anne Brauer uses extensively in her work. Truely she's a master of the horizontal line.
|Sunset Over Hills, Ann Brauer
|The Definition of Red, Anne Brauer