Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Multiple Squares Quilt Finished

The finished print. It took a long time from initial sketch to final print, but I am happy with the result.

I made the sketch last November/December and finished printing the edition during the first week of March. That is quite a lot of time for a low tech block print, though I was working on the Rayon Dress Quilt as well as a number of other prints at the same time ( and there is the day job which does eat into the time available). But I found that every step of the quilt prints took a lot longer than I thought. More planning.... more blocks... more proofing.... more revisions to the blocks.... proofing again.... hitting my head against the wall.... etc. etc. etc.

So my thoughts now are turning to simpler images and prints where I can get some immediate gratification. More spontaneity and less focus on process (even though printmakers love process).

Multiple Squares Quilt is available for sale here.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Multiple Squares Quilt - Work In Progress

A work in progress shot of the print that I have called the Multiple Squares Quilt. The print is based on one of my grandmother's quilts. Most of her quilts are composed of long strips of material, but this one is made of many small squares and must have taken much more time to make than most of the other quilts. I wonder if she worked on this in the winter time, when there would have been fewer visitors able to get to the farm on Southeast Ridge near Mabou, Cape Breton.

Monday, April 16, 2007

The Red Flute

Just a small print for fun. This was a bit of a break from all of the larger quilt prints I working on at the time. It was so nice to cut and print this one over a few days. For sale here.

The quilt prints were taking a huge amount of time in terms of making the blocks, proofing them, revising the blocks, reproofing. I was starting to drive myself mad with them.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Ingrid's New Golf Socks

So there I was wanting to make a print of argyle patterned socks. I don't know where that idea came from. The ether I suppose. At any rate, the idea was there so I pursued it, except that I didn't end up with argyle socks at all. They are socks alright, just not argyle ones.

I brought a proof of the print into work and I was thinking to myself 'Who in the world would actually wear socks that looked like this?. I mean, look at the colour and pattern combination. The robin's egg blue, the Dijon mustard yellow, the harsh red. No self respecting person would ever wear these. They are quite ugly'. But then I thought - maybe Ingrid would. (Obviously another thought out of the ether.)

To my surprise, when I showed them to her, Ingrid said they would make great golf socks. She is an avid golfer and, I suppose, has paid attention to fashion on the golf scene - unlike myself. So I asked if I could name the print after her and that was fine except she asked me to put the word 'new' in the title. As Ingrid explained it, she is terribly hard on her golf socks and they have holes in them all the time.

Available for sale here.