A couple days ago I remembered a freshman architecture assignment called "the four and nine square grids.". It has amused me that this organizing device, sold to us as such a sophisticated concept, was really the same one used by generations of women called quilters, not artists. It was considered a device of torture for us at the time, assigned on Friday, due Monday consisting of thousands of tiny squares inked on Mylar. 34 years later, I think it would make a fascinating, though still tedious art quilt. Amazingly I was able to put my finger on the Mylars at once, and look them over. I can't remember quite how they were generated, but it is fascinating.
I also made a small totally improv'ed piece from Filmstrip's scraps. It's not a masterpiece, but it will be good practice for quilting.
And then I took down Filmstrip and added a yellow strip to the outside of the white one - far right side of the middle row. I kept trying to tell my brain that it was only disappearing because of the white design wall. But (a) if it's ever displayed or photographed, it will be quite possibly be on a white wall, and (b) my eye chimed in saying the brain was right, it needed to go, and I knew I couldn't look at it without being annoyed. So I changed it. It was a good lesson in how hard it is to remove even a simple piece from the edge of a large quilt top. Piecing in new parts would be a huge pain.
I also made 2 "units" to match one that I'd made and not used. They are navy and maroon and remind me of politician's neckties, so I don't know where they'll go from here, if anywhere. But trying to heed the "make stuff, don't think so much" dictum.
I also cut up some of the striped shirts that are waiting for a purpose. Not sure what that will be yet, either.
|Victor de Vasarely|