Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Blue and White

This exhibition was on at the Victoria Gallery when I was in Bath. Three artists - Candice Bahouth, Carol Waller and Kaffe Fassett exhibited works inspired by a dresser of blue and white china. ( although I strongly suspect some was made beforehand!). The link above shows you lots of the work on show. ( Photography was not allowed) .

Having acquired new a blue journal ( natch) and a set of new coloured pens and, since the exhibition was free and enticed frequent visits, I set to starting a blue and white sketchbook. I make no pretense to do wonderful art work but in fact for me this book was a real suprise having previously denied being able to do anything other than write words in a notebook! Here are some sample pages

here is the book that greatly assisted in my understanding of the benefit of sketchbooks
and here is some fabric acquired specifically to create the quilts now in my head and inspired by this exhibition. I'll show you whenever I get chance to actually make them!

PS On four separate occasions; at the gallery, at a separate exhibition at the Radstock museum and at two different quilt shops I heard people commenting on what poor workmanship was involved in the Kaffe Fasset quilts ....


Anonymous said...

Looks like you got a great start on your sketchbook. I read Kay Greenlees book last year and went out and bought a sketchbook. However, I've been too lazy to use it.

Linda said...

Hi Helen, thanks for showing the book; I will try to get it. I've just bought a sketchbook and am working on a cover (nice little project), so could use it now. Your blue and white fabrics are gorgeous, I'll be waiting to see what you do with them!

Garnered Stitches said...

For someone who says she only makes notes with words you've made a good start on a "proper" sketchbook! Even though I created a few sketchbooks in my time I found the Kay Greenlees book very useful. Keep it up, it's amazing how useful you'll find the book later down the line when the initial ideas have faded from memory. Having said that sketchbooks are good - words can also be a good memory prompt, especially if you are a "wordy" person. Sometimes I find a good old brainstorm on a piece of paper, just writing words associated with the subject can be really useful at prompting images later on in the design process.
Best wishes
ps looks like you've been spammed! Putting one of those funny letter password codes might stop the likes of Jason!

Threadspider said...

I love peeking into other people's sketchbooks-thanks for sharing yours here.
On the Kaffe Fassett topic-I was pleased to be able to see the workmanship/stitches on the quilts. It seemed to suggest they had indeed been made by the man and not by a machine! But then I am a KF fan, so probably biased!