Whilst at Festival of Quilts this summer myself and a few other quilting friends met two lovely French ladies who were looking to make new friendships as well as new quilts. After a long chat we made a loose agreement to join together to form a group making art quilts just for pleasure - no competitions, no serious agendas - just fun.
We are: Ana, Denise, Fran, Lydie, Stephanie and Claire and our group is called Six Dames. We thought it would make a nice change to be able to set up a bilingual blog to share our work which you can find by clicking here or at the following address: sixdames.blogspot.com/
We have yet to capture a photograph of all six of us together, but until we do, here are 4 of us - looking (unintentionally) very well co-ordinated.
Our aim is simple; to each make one small quilt every 3 months and share our progress and thoughts along the way via our blog. To inspire us we decided that we would each take a turn to find an interesting photograph to use as a prompt for our work.
And this is the first.........................
The first photo was chosen by me, and finding just the right photo wasn't as easy as I thought it would be. Like most people these days I have hundreds, if not thousands of photos in my camera, on my phone or on my social media accounts. But choosing one that I thought would appeal to the other members was a difficult task. In the end I chose this one which I took earlier this year. I'm not going to tell you where - see if you can work it out!
Initially I discounted it because of those boots at the top of the image - but the more I looked at it, the more they became part of the reason I finally selected it. They are pretty swanky boots by the way - zoom in and you will see what I mean. I wish I had paid more attention to what the rest of the owner looked like.
For my starting point I decided to focus on the pavement. HEXAGONS! I must be nuts. Under normal circumstances I would run a mile from anything with a regular side and corner, let alone 6 of them. But I have decided to face my nemesis and see what I can do with the damn things.
To ease my way in I went for something familiar and made a lino cut tile that is similar to those little pavement cobbles. In fact, I made a few and chose my favourite.
But what to do with them that is different from the usual?
I played about with paper structures and particularly liked making these little folded pouches - known as TATOS to Japanese origami folders. After I made a couple and got the hang of it I tried making them from different fabrics. The best by far were made with some scraps of organdie fabric. It has just the right amount of crispness to hold a fold.
Then I printed on them using the lino cut block. The design is similar to that on the original paving cobbles.
I also used the print block to make some clay tiles. That was really fun!
And I love them! I added some mica powder to the surface of the tiles to highlight the relief. I think I'm going to hang some of them on my Christmas tree, but I am also interested in whether I can incorporate a few into my quilt. Not sure how just yet, but I'm working on it!
So this is the stage I am at, I'm not sure how I am going proceed as I am still trying to come up with something different.
Thanks for reading!