This series of quilt prints are inspired by florals in quilts. They could either be a flower turned into a quilt pattern or vice versa. I’ve named each one of them after a county in the Mississippi Delta where my family is from. I have been very unproductive the month of October. But I started playing with these yesterday, stumbled on this palette, and finished these today. Surprisingly these were easy to create. After I made the first one, it just felt right. I know I won’t be a one-note artist. But right now, I’m just still exploring quilts. I can’t seem to leave them yet.
Of course they are up in my etsy for $18 each, or the set of four for $60. The prints are 12 x 12 in. I will be putting up a 6 in. version later this week (i.e Charis “the cutest intern ever” will be in to do that.)
Little Soapbox: You will probably notice that every image has a watermark on it. I’m expecting to hear a lot of questions with “Does the print come with the logo on it?” NO! It’s just on my website and etsy that you’ll see it. Unfortunately several of my pieces started floating around on tumblr & pinterest without any sort of link to me. Thankfully some friends & customers alerted me. I wrote an email to tumblr and they removed the images. Sadly, I’m going to just have to start putting a watermark on every image. This happens to everyone on sites like tumblr, pinterest, etc. That is why I am not a fan of those websites.
I was really nervous about putting this series up on etsy today… But I’ve already had one sale (from a very hip friend) so that made me feel better. I think it’s good to question myself and have doubts about it, because that means I’m not playing it safe. And when I start to play it safe, then I need to start over with something completely new. And that something new will be hairdresser school.
I actually made these quilt/geometric/circle things back in January, but I wasn’t sure what to do with it. And the colors were very different. But I was making new journal covers and I tried this new color palette on them. I got really excited about it. It’s the excitement of making something new that keeps me going. Each of these prints are named after one of America’s Founding Fathers. Now, I don’t know if this has crossed your mind, but it has crossed mine – pink on a print titled “Franklin?” Absolutely. Because our history is not old and stale. It is relevant today. I love reading about the Revolutionary War and how this country was founded.
So I’m selling all four prints in a set or individually. Visit my etsy to shop around!
However old lady and outdated it may sound, I have just been really into quilt design lately. They are beautiful y’all. There is something so comforting about a quilt. It says home and family to me. I don’t want to learn how to make a quilt. I just want to enjoy them.
I am not planning on making any. I just want to enjoy them. But my work right now is heavily influenced by quilts. There might be in the next Repeat book a whole section on quilt patterns.
If you are New York City or are traveling to New York City, the American Folk Art Museum is having a FREE show “Infinite Variety” of SIX HUNDERED & FIFTY red and white quilts at the Park Avenue Amory. It starts TODAY and ends the on the 30th. If you go see it, please let me know. I want to know all about it. I wish I was going to be there to see it.
Photos shown are from the American Folk Art Museum’s flickr.
While I was in New York, I got to see an amazing quilt exhibition at the American Folk Art Museum. It was incredible. I posted a few pictures from the exhibit on my flickr page. I would literally live in this museum if I could. I just wished I was one of those really rich donors that could just say “take me to the archives, please.” I can only imagine the amazing art hidden in their storage.
Last night I was just sitting around in my room because that’s what I do these days in Yazoo City. So I cleaned off my painting table (took about an hour because I live in cramped quarters right now!) and turned on some Dexter and decided to pull out my paints. I painted four 5×5 in paintings of some of my quilt inspired doodles. I’m not sure what I’m going to do with them yet. It just felt so good to paint again.
Oh! And I’m sure you were wondering how Weezie behaved with me painting with watercolors. (We all know how much she loves to play with water and paper!) She behaved like a little angel once I shooed her away from the water bucket. She just sat and watched me the entire time. She’s my perfect little punkin.