Even though I have always enjoyed the pursuit of quiltness or quiltdom as an organic process born of my imagination and whatever random fabric I may have on hand, I have been happy to partake of a class now and again, when the opportunity has presented itself.
The opportunity to take a color class from Sara Hill, who teaches at A B Tech in Asheville, NC presented itself, and I was glad to take it, if nothing else because Sara is a venerable community treasure when it comes to representing the Asheville quilting community.
Here is her A B Tech bio: http://ift.tt/1kR0qY2
Here is a great interview conducted a few years ago by Quilt Alliance: http://ift.tt/1PqTVbB
The idea behind Sara’s class was to help us see just how much variety and creativity was possible just by using different colors, even when the underlying shapes and structure were the same. To that end, we were instructed to design two blocks each week using a puzzle-like methodology of filling in an identical grid with different arrangements of colors.
It was most interesting to see what people came up with, as we all got the same two grid pages each week, but all the designs that resulted were completely different. It turned out that since there were approximately 10 people in the class, and everyone had to design two different blocks, we ended up with about 20 different designs from the same grid just by the placement of color. This seems to me to violate the laws of probability, but there you have it – just changing the color and placement creates an infinite opportunity to develop a diverse array of patterns.
The project was not entirely easy, obvious, or self-explanatory at first – I had to really put on my creative thinking cap in unusual ways to come up with things that seemed interesting and dynamic. In my work I am more inclined to come up with designs “on the fly,” as it were, without the constraint of specific patterns and lines, hence my predilection for the modern quilting style, which relies a great deal on improvisation. The methodology of this class forced me to utilize a very rigid grid, and to explore the creative possibilities of color, which was challenging but in the end very rewarding, since the project proved to me that in fact color can be a very important tool in the quilter’s creative toolbox.
Here are some examples from my work from that class:
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