Thank you Frieda for asking me to be part of the Around the World Blog Hop! Like many of you, I like to learn about how an artist works. If you visit Frieda’s post from last week, she’ll tell you all about herself and her process. Frieda also has a class on Craftsy you may want to check out called Machine Quilting the Home Sweet Home Class.
Now it’s my turn to tell you about what I’m working on how I work. Here’s the low down:
Right now I’m working on a new class for Craftsy that involves building a variety of fused collages and adding free-motion quilting. As a quilt instructor, I need lots of step-outs or examples of the process to show my students.
When preparing a new class, I first make the artwork and then break it down into step-by- step procedures for the students. That way, I have the fun of creating something fresh and new before analyzing the process of how it was made.
My goal when creating new artwork is always to access the “play zone”. In the play zone, you forget where you are and immerse yourself into a world of color, shape, and design. The surest way for me to enter the zone is is to improvise with fused fabric scraps.
Improvising is very free and organic. Designs grow without a plan; each design element relies upon the previous element. When you are not confined to a sketch or preconceived idea, you invent and discover as you go along. It’s a joyful way to work!
You’ll love Sue’s class Embroidery Texture and Dimension by Hand. She is truly an embroidery expert and I’ve learned so much from her. Her colorful and playful designs will capture your heart.
And Patsy has a wonderful class called Ultimate Machine Quilting. She teaches you about “hyperquilting” and trapunto. Patsy has a delightful teaching style and breaks the process into achievable results. You know she knows her stuff.
Now hop on over and see what all these fantastic artists are up to.