Speaking for myself, I sometimes would be a bit “lost in space”.
It gives me something to hold on to, keeps me straight and upright, it works like a skeleton.
A deadline makes me move, get it done, pushes me all the way to the finish,
but also makes my head spin to come up with the best ideas. Which…
…does not always happen easily without some pressure.
The idea to be wide open and able to create “anything under the sun” to me,
feels as I’m out and about, floating in space.
A realistic deadline gives my work gravity and direction.
So, I’ve entered pieces into shows, for many I didn’t have a single stitch of the piece done, sometimes not even a rough sketch.
All I had was just an vague idea in my head where this could carry me.
Especially challenges with spelled out rules are quite good to tests how hard I can push myself.
Themes vary widely, from creating a quilt . . .
based on a poem,
a song title,
color of a crayon, or
find variations on a quilt block pattern pulled from a bucket,
- a grab bag of thrift store fabric finds, mostly not anything cotton-like
- a paint chip from the hardware store
often a piece of specific fabric,
- make a self-portrait
the call for exuberant embellishment,
to pick a painting, – as in the case of WINTER. The rules required to use only the color scheme, and nothing of the subject of the original artwork).
The quilt WINTER was the result of the painting ‘Haus in Wintersonne’ by Gabriele Münter (Blauer Reiter, 1909)