The annual exhibition of our Kunst aan de Kade group had as theme ‘Formaat'(size/dimension). We were asked to prepare work not larger than 60×60 cm. The Gallery De Stoker is located in Amsterdam. It is not very large, the we managed to fit in the work of all 10 of us! The opening was on the same Sunday that the Tallships left Amsterdam after Sail 2015. I prepared 2 wall hangings: the first ‘Perfect Size’ (Perfect Formaat) is based on the idea of the Golden Ratio. Inspiration came from a book: ‘Math and the Mona Lisa’ by Bülent Atalay (Smithsonian Books, 2006). A lot of measuring and figuring (thanks Jack!), and it demanded rather precise cutting. Pieced the whole quilt by hand using batiks that I once bought a couple of years ago during a Quilt show. And finished with some Moda solids that I found online in a sale. Just the perfect colour! Quilting by hand, following the Perfect Ratio Logarithmic Spiral.
The second work is called ‘Quite a Fish’ (Vis van Formaat). Red fish are swimming in all directions surrounded by aquatic plants. A combination of red batiks and blue scraps. The piecing done with my new Janome Skyline S5 that I bought this Spring. It is my PhD gift, and so far I am very happy with it! Quilting by hand, something in the middle of free motion and stippling.
The quilting was mainly done during a stay in Winterswijk with my oldest daughter in August. We participated in the Steengroeve (stone quarry) Theatre project Symfonia II. She played in the Achterhoek Metropole Orchestra while I was helping as a volunteer. Showing the guests to their chairs, cleaning afterwards, but best of all: enjoying the show every night of the week!
And now it is September and it is about time to start preparations for the 2 year program of DIY Textile Art & Art Quilt program, starting on the 3rd of October. The first assignments: write a blog about yourself (in a closed group of students) and make a necklace with your name to wear in class. And so I did…