Thursday, March 4, 2010

Art + Quilt: Claude Larson

I am continually impressed with the beautiful work of the emerging artists who are working their way through "Art + Quilt" and am always thrilled to be able to share their work with you. Here is another series of exercises studying actual texture - removing color as an element and concentrating on the way different textures interact with each other.

Claude has mounted this piece on cloth covered stretcher bars. I think it's a very professional presentation don't you? Small scale textile pieces need a little oomph when it comes to presentation and lifting them off of the wall with some sort of frame gives them just that. Nobody is going to mistake this beauty for a potholder!

Claude says,
"I just loved the neutral color texture exercise so I got into a small series of three pieces.  I figured the fabrics and embellishments were already picked out so - why not run with it.  Now I understand why artists work in a series.  It's so much easier if all the goodies are right there in front of you and you get into a groove.  I haven't put the off white stuff back into it's respective places because I don't feel completely done with it yet.  It's snowing and as a teacher I am hoping for a snow day so I can start my "Winter White"  #4"

Congratulations Claude for having created some lovely pieces and thank you for sharing them with us.

One of the things I love so much about textiles as a medium is the layering of the elements. Cloth has both an actual texture and a visual pattern/texture. Our cloth becomes shape and the lines of our stitches add even more texture.