Crossroads (Hot Cross One)

Each year, I set goals for myself related to my art.  I don’t do resolutions.  I do goals, with defined steps leading to achievement.  This works best for me — I tend to reach the end to which I strive.  In keeping with my updated goals for 2016, my focus for the year is to make twelve (12) art quilts.  This will help to develop my work ethic, a body of work, and to find my voice.  My art “voice” is sort of all over the place; the best way to find it is to keep making art.

For the first part of this year, I decided to work along a theme to see if that helps to clarify my voice.  To that end, I’m making a series of crosses — one is done (see below), the second is in progress, and a third is in the sketchbook.  I’d like to make six in the series.

Please help…What do you think or see or feel when you look at the photo of the art quilt above?  Does this visually resonate?  Is the piece soothing and satisfying or jarring, incomplete, unsettling?  Your input will go a long way towards helping me understand

Crossroads (link to poem)

 

Crossroads (Hot Cross One)

What do appeals to you about this piece? What don’t you like?

Crossroads (Hot Cross One)

Closeup #1

Crossroads (Hot Cross One)

Closeup #2

Crossroads (Hot Cross One)

Poetry Label

Next up: A Study in Blue (Hot Cross Two)

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9 thoughts on “Crossroads (Hot Cross One)

  1. You definitely seem to have some of the family genes for this quilting thing, sis… That said, the green strips seem misplaced to me and I don’t see a cross when I first look at this… I’m not saying that’s good or bad. Overall, I do think it’s a very nice piece – looking forward to others and hoping one uses mixed media of some sort to look like a rustic cross made from the wood in an old barn… Consider that a challenge put forth. 🙂

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  2. I think it’s a sort of study in using basic machine straight stitch quilting in a more artistic manner…ie-thread used, design based upon straight-stitches, texture created becomes the star element within the basic block, using the ‘color block cross’ as a base to work on….
    Just a few random thoughts.

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  3. I like the balance of color and value. I like the mitering of stitching in the upper left and lower right. I agree that it doesn’t immediately come to me as a cross. I’d be interested to see a similar piece that is less rigid, maybe softer lines with slightly curved piecing, maybe hand-quilting instead of machine, to give it a more organic look. That said, I think it’s very attractive and I’m glad to see it.

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  4. Pingback: Blue Radiance (Hot Cross Two) | Hilary Clark Studios

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