I already wish I had more time for this post. There's so much I want to share.
First, I'll say that I completed a quilt:
I finisehd it in February and it is made up of 5,564 indiduval 3/4 inch X 3/4 inch blocks.
It's machine pieced and hand quilted.
Here it is in my bedroom. It's pretty impressive. It's around 7 1/2 feet wide and around 4 feet tall. It's currently in an art exhibition in Lake City, SC (ArtFields). I'm headed there this week-end with Daniel and the kids to give an hour long art talk.
This quilt is an interesting merger of tradition and digital technology.
1. The quilt is based on a photo created by Trey Ratcliff from Stuck in Customs. He licenses all of his work for use in the Creative Commons which allows artists to build on the work of others. I think this is such an incredible movement and I want to do everything I can to support it. It reminds me of the Picasso quote "good artists borrow, great artists steal." It allows for synergy within the human community of makers and I am so excited about that.
2. HDR photography - So, Trey Ratcliff is a pioneer of HDR photography. He explains it like this; the human eye absorbs somewhere between 11-15 stops of light. A camera reflects 3 stops of light. So, HDR photography captures one image in different ranges of light (to collect multiple stops) and then combines the photos for a final image in post processing. So, you end up with these brilliant photographs with a huge amount of depth. Of course, people (hard line old school photographers) complain about his corruption of the field. Isn't that always the way....
I think HDR photography is critical for the creation of mosiac quilts. It took me a long time to figure this out. Fabric deadens light. It absorbs light and dulls so quickly. Using HDR images for fiber art is sort of a game changer for me. It adds depth. Really cool. Of course this quilt format breaks some of the rules of hard line old school quilters too.
There's a lot more that goes into how this quilt was created (and it's technologically interesting), but I want to focus now on the synergy between these separate innovative technologies and note that it's a direct result of the Creative Commons. (It reminds me of Chet Bowers and Greg Bateson's work on the culture commons). Again, kudos to Trey Ratcliff at stuckincustoms.com.
The quilt is on display through Sunday in Lake City if anyone makes it down that way. I have two more in the works which I'm excited about.
This, as you might imagine, is an incredibly tedious art form. It physically hurts. It reminds me of being on the Appalachian Trail in those times when I was so exhausted just focussing intensely on one step at a time. It's almost exactly the same feeling.
From a sufficient distance, you can't tell that it's a mosaic. I'm excited to see it hanging in the Jones & Carter Building which is a renovated Museum in Lake City.