This magnificent painting by Kandinsky is on the front of today's NY Times Science section, a long article about the circle in nature and as a design element. [No talk of mandalas but, of course they come to mind.] Isn't the picture just crying out to be a quilt? It's on view currently at the Guggenheim Museum in NYC -- and what better place to hang it? That spiral space just confirms Natalie Angier's article about the satisfaction of circles in art and nature. The colors in this painting are so contemporary, it's hard to believe it wasn't painted yesterday. When one can open a newspaper while drinking the morning coffee and come upon this -- perfect!
Yes, I too think circles are difficult to sew well and also difficult to cut accurately. But I have seen ads for a new Olfa cutting tool that makes circles of all sizes. This painting and the possibility of a quilt might mean I really need that tool. This picture, and I'm sure the newspaper picture -- since newsprint is a hardly high quality art medium -- shows the colors with the variations of tone that we see in many hand dyed fabrics. I can hardly stop thinking about this painting.
This strip quilt was made using drier sheet as the foundation. This quick and easy method is always fun because I can choose exactly which piece comes next but will always be surprised when I put several together and see the patterns formed.
The mid-70s are a surprise! Part of me remains in the 50s -- age, I mean, not decade of 20th century. It's a joy ride, new experiences land in my lap and I've become a better quilter, poet, writer than I expected. It's a rich life for a person never rich financially. Hey, this is what the mid-70s are like!