Friday, November 4, 2022

All About Line (Part 2) on Off the Wall Friday

 So last week,  Michelle commented, "It’s funny, I’m aware of having different feelings about a piece, but I hadn’t really put together why."

  I thought WOW!  she gets it.  That is precisely why I do blog posts like this.  Improvisationally piecing is getting more and more popular.  It can grow organically, but it doesn't necessarily have to.  You can go into it with a loose plan in mind like a simple line drawing and a tone you want to set and then go from there.  I remember the day I finally realized that abstract design wasn't about just putting together random elements to get something pretty.  It's about expressing your vision in a way that is not figurative of things in real life.  

Anyways, last week I started this exploration of line with horizontal, vertical, diagonal, and arc.  

Curves are fun!  Smaller curves or waves are calming while big ones will be way more dynamic.  Curves can move the eye throughout a piece and give it motion.  I personally think Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry is queen of the curve.  Her quilts are all about movement, movement, movement!  You'll see curves repeated throughout my work too since they're so versatile!

Interaction #1, Caryl Bryer Fallert

Curves II, Nina-Marie Sayre

Line Weight plays a big part in the design too.  Thin short lines will evoke speed or delicacy while heavy fat lines will ground a piece and maintains order.  Valerie Goodwin's work is a perfect example of this.

Quilt Drawing #9, Daphne Taylor

Repetition of line is one that as quilters are very familiar with. Of course its all about rhythm.  We see it through traditional quilts as well as the modern quilt movement.  Season Evans has this down to a science!

Sophie Guinard

Row + Row Quilt, Season Evans

See?  There is more to line than just a mark between two points.  Remember, its all about what you're trying to convey!

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Gwyned Trefethen said...

It is always a delight to read your posts, especially ones on the elements of design with such excellent examples.

Michelle said...

So intriguing! Me? I’m very partial to curves. And sharp points.

Margaret said...

Loving your line reflections, Nina-Marie. I too love lines -- mainly straight or a bit wonky but not really curved -- even expressed in the trees and fence posts in landscapes. Katie Pasquini Masopust gave a short session (video) on line and colour a couple of years ago, and I ended up with a great little art piece!

Nina Marie said...

Michelle - ohhh points are interesting. I never have really done a pice that centered on points. I'm all about the curves. I truly think its comes from this super curvy figure of mine - always more curvy than any of my caucasian friends. Once I got older, I just embrace it as a form of self love - lol!

Claire said...

Lots of fun! I really like the combination of line and 3-D in Curves II.

quiltingbydawn said...

Thanks again for another interesting lesson on lines and curves!