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ATV 5 – Building a response – being inspired by an artist/maker – pt2

When on the search for artists to focus on for this section of ATV5. I love this quilt and it’s very likely that some of the influences work it’s way into my work. Unfortunately their is very little information about the maker Jayne Larson.


After Jayne I looked at the work of Helen Parrott, I love her book on mark-making and I’ve always been in awe of her ability to use repetitive marks.


In my previous post on ‘inspiration from an artist maker’ I talked about Diane Firth. Her work is so simple and it’s going to be a challenge for me to work in a similar way.

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ATV 5 – Building a Response – Colour Palette – pt1

This was a relatively easy decision. I already knew that I wanted to work with colours that make a striking contrast between light and dark. I didn’t want colours that had too much range and were likely to be miss read.  Think of all the different shades and tones of pink! At some point I think my hair has probably been most of those!


When making colour choices I often look to the subject matter for inspiration, but with the smocks I had already done that in Part 2 and after looking at colour palettes in far more detail in part 3 I thought I might look further for inspiration. 

This I duly did until it just became evident to me that the best colours to create the perfect contrast were black and white.  Not the most exciting but it feels right. 

So I had a little look round Pinterest and found 3 that I think use black and white to great effect:

Firstly Dianne Firth, this master art quilter lives in Australia and makes beautiful quilts using very limited colour palettes and strong solid shapes.

I’m also very taken with Marina Kamenskaya and this beautiful quilt of horizontal lines, they make me think of Kandinsky and the mighty Joan Miro. Such wonderful artists that were able to make sense of their worlds by stripping back to the bare lines, highlights and shadows. 


Finally I’ve been drawn to the work of Elizabeth Barton and particularly this piece that uses black and white to great effect. I really like this but I do think it’s drawing me back into a more detailed approach and not the bold repetitive effect that I am looking for.


Red and yellow are often used as the contrasts for black and white and they work very well being good primary colours. So just to bring a little variety I have decided to use blue, the other primary colour with yellow.

I’m going to be working on my capsule collection during the winter months and black, white, blue and a flash of yellow feel like the perfect colours for dark nights and short days of frost, blue skies and sharp sun.

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ATV 5 – Building a Response – Be Inspired by an Artist or Designer – pt1

This is one of the times when blogging and the actual working starts to become quite difficult to match. Both the course materials and blogs are best written in a linear fashion but working, especially like a mad scientist just doesn’t work like that.

I am, at the moment trying to load these blogs in the order of the course work headings but I’m sure that throughout the completion of Project 2 – Building a Response I will be jumping back wards and forwards; maybe to Inspiration from Artists/Designers and to adjusting my colour palette, or maybe trying out need designs and concepts. 

In an attempt to make this easier for navigation I will tag posts (below the heading) if I feel that they refer back to earlier tasks to show that they include actions that demononstrate what (I hope) is required. I am also thinking that I should add in links back to my previous work when I openly refer to it. I hope this does not make my posts too confusing and clunky.

Throughout this part of ATV I have been drawn to the work of Dianne Firth and I’ve been happily filling up a Pinterest board with posts of her amazing art quilts. There is very little information about Diane online but I have a Masters: Art Quilters Vol2 book which has a small biography. 

I love the way that her work has a beautiful simple quality that still evokes imagines of deserts and fields, of landscapes seen up close and from far away.


The abstract forms imply so much but you are allowed to use your own memories to decide what the images remind you of.

Sometimes the lines are bold and smooth and sometimes there is a gentle wavy to the edge, but always there is a sense of repetition, of gentle change. And evidence of a controlled approach to placement of shapes.


Even when the lines are broken down there a sense of the mathematic, scientific, no spacing or sizing is left to chance they all flow in a beautiful and perfectly formed way.


The colours are bold and the contrast is strong and exciting. I am in awe of Diane’s ability to make the simple so compelling and full of energy.

There will more on Diane and a couple of other artists that have caught my eye when I get home and have access to my sketchbook again.