Recently my patchwork guild’s “Art” group choose to study the Swiss/German artist Paul Klee.
Before we make a textile work we always spend time discussing the artist and his/her work using the internet as a resource or our own art books or those borrowed from the local library.
If we have chosen an Australian artist, we arrange a visit to a gallery to view some of the work ‘in the flesh’.
During the month we work on our textile piece and also research a new artist for the following month.
Not knowing anything about Paul Klee was exciting, as I went in with an open mind, and ready to use his art work as the inspiration for finished textile work. I discovered a wonderful artist who has painted some excellent works that could be used by patchworkers for inspiration.
I chose a painting called “Clarification” painted in 1932 which I thought ‘leant ‘ itself to using lots of lines of thread. I had kept in my stash of textured fabrics, a tea- dyed piece of Onasburg ‘linen’ and on parts of the material I coloured light pencil areas.
Then I stitched many lines of thread using Cotton Mako Ne 12 (the ‘heaviest’ of the Aurifil threads. I quilted over the piece with Ne 28 in a similar colour to the background fabric not wanting the quilting to distract the eye from the threadwork. I am very pleased with the end result – it is subtle but gives the look I was after.
BTW The title of my blog is from a quote by Paul Klee.