Stretching Art Project

The idea has been brewing for a while, but work has begun now. First the sketch.

2 sketch

As usual the required dimensions are 18 x 36 inches. The theme is community, emphasis on belonging and finding energy. Many people chose geographical responses. However, I don’t feel attached to any place I’ve lived. I went with the finding energy aspect of the prompt and thought of recent protests I’ve attended. Now all rallies are not protests of disliked policies; some are encouraging actions to be completed. (Was it FDR who said something like, “Make me do it”?) So I didn’t want to name the quilt Protests. I went for Solidarity.

I plan mostly an abstract mass of color representing a mass of people,with a few posters. I had originally sketched more posters and smaller. But once I did the lettering on a couple I realized I couldn’t get that small and have legible words, so I redrew the placement of larger pieces. The bottom portion will be improv; the top where the city background is will be made with templates. It is my hope that the windows in a couple buildings will link the two portions so that it doesn’t end up being two designs instead of one.

2 stitch

I had thought counted cross stitch would work for the larger signs and a sort of outline stitch for the middle size. I found some 32 count linen and started to stitch. It is more tedious than I remembered counted cross stitch being. Of course I used to use 14 or 16 count Aida cloth.

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5 responses to “Stretching Art Project

  1. mlmcspadden

    Great start to your quilt!

  2. I like your idea. It will be fun to watch you develop the piece.

  3. That’s due this month, isn’t it? I can see what you’ll be doing the next couple of weeks! =) It’s an interesting concept. I liked the drawing, and I originally thought you were going for something like promoting water-generated power, from what looks like a river flowing down a retaining wall to power the city behind – to me. =)

  4. Maybe stem stitch would be easier and look more hand-lettered than counted cross stitch?

  5. Great idea! Looking forward to seeing how it develops.

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