“Creativity is the quest to narrow the gap between vision and execution.”
Janet Edens Conover
I am bartering with a creative friend, Janet, for some work. My payment to her will be a quilt using a Green Man theme. I sketched the picture above, tracing parts off a large decorator print to get me started. The lower half is already substantially different from the source, and the rest will change significantly enough that I don’t think there are any copyright infringement issues.
The dominant colors will be greens, reds, golds, and black. Other colors will be used in smaller measure.
There are a variety of ways to execute this. The ones most obvious to me are 1) appliqué separate fabric pieces onto a background; 2) create the design as a digital image and have it printed at Spoonflower or similar vendor; 3) paint the design directly on fabric.
I will eliminate #3 immediately, as my art skills are simply not up to that task. The other two also are challenging to consider, for various reasons. For #2, I’d need Jim to do the actual design work, as I have no facility with Photoshop. And for #1, there is all that appliqué…
Yesterday I met with my small group. One of the women is working wool appliqué on a black flannel background. The colors are vivid and joyful. She fuses the wool bits down and then uses a blanket stitch to secure the edges. Another person she knows staples the wool onto the background and then stitches them, eliminating the fusing step. (That would be great! I don’t enjoy fusing!) Then of course the staples are removed with no harm done. I’m inclined to go this direction. Some pieces could be machine-stitched down, I expect, while others might do better with hand-stitching. One big barrier, no matter what kind of appliqué I’d do, is gathering the fabrics. My stash has no woolens in it, and if I use something other than wool, I don’t have a lot appropriate for that, either. Batiks have the depth of value that I’d like, and I have almost no batiks…
I have paintsticks, I have markers, I can buy other fabric paints, but I don’t have much experience with any of them so need simple solutions.
Just thinking out loud here. Help me out, please. Help me narrow the gap between vision and execution. Give me some ideas, ask questions, throw out concerns with various methods… Any help is appreciated.