Elizabeth Barton, a well-known quilt artist has a number of very interesting and productive online workshops. There is always a multitude of stunning quilts made from her students - and here is just one made by Geraldine in her workshop More Abstract Art For Quiltmakers..... what amazes me is watching the students, from their first design to their last - the results are amazing!
The Six Hour Quilt is a fun easy online workshop... but at the same time, it introduces the student to processes that can be used for any level of quilt making.
Have you seen the May/June Machine Quilting Unlimited magazine?
Quiltmakers who are moving forward with their work often study art - there is so much to be learned. Think of all the parallels between painting and quilts.
Three unsuspecting friends got together with Elizabeth to learn how to make a small art quilt - in six hours! The class with multiple short videos shows how you can make a quilt without stressing out, without agony, without buying anything extra. It also covers basic planning and studio practice ideas that you'll be able to use over and over in other pieces e.g. quick design methods, easy ways to make good color choices, simplifying cutting and constructing, a simple facing method that you'll love to use over and over.
Mod Meets Improv (my online workshop) shows you how to cut and sew a modern quilt top, either in a traditional way with precise measuring or in a much more relaxed improvisational way. I give you lots of ideas for designs...and show you how to make more for yourself.
It is always wonderful starting a new workshop with Elizabeth Barton and for 2018 she has a new one published, The Six Hour Quilt. A little different than her previous workshops, but just as much fun. This is a good basic class but also fun for students of any level!
When I was a very young child (6-7) my Grandma who was born in 1910 took me up very narrow stairs to a little loft that was part of her very small little house. The loft was closed off in the winter (reminds me of my Billy Creek house) because it just was so cold up there that any water in a bucket would freeze.
Various aspects of perspective can be used in art quilts. Understanding them can add depth and dimension to your quilts whether they are abstract or realistic. Knowledge of perspective can allow a designer to bend it to her will creating new ways of looking at ordinary objects or increasing a sense of realism in a landscape or an architectural scene.
So many people have told me that they don't understand abstract art.