“After Gees Bend” was a project years in the making. I followed the women of Gees Bend and their breathtaking quilt designs for over 10 years. I just couldn’t get enough of their bold attack on design; making un-square squares, crooked angles, mismatched patters, and daring leaps of imagination that created quilts that are now museum quality works of art.
This was a project I didn’t want to see end. It constantly kept my mind busy and continually stretched my imagination.
A trick to maintain balance in the overall design is to “break out of the box” for more visual interest. In other words, don’t contain every detail within your frame.
spontananityOne of the challenges to freestyle needlepoint is that you’ll need to plan ahead without looking like you planned ahead!
No experienced artist will use the paint straight out of the tube. Instead, they mix and mix until they get just, exactly the right color.