Friday, March 09, 2007

Different Strokes For Different Folks

So you want to use fractal design in a different way? Try a fractal art quilt:

This piece is created from cotton fabrics hand stitched, embroidered and quilted.

I am curious as to what your reaction is to this art form.

See more fractal art quilts here - Rose Rushbrooke

What other ways are you using fractal designs? Post some images and descriptions please.


Blogger tumblewords said...

Your site is awesome! I'm not a quilter (a writer and watercolorist) but I've used fractals for my book covers. Friends who quilt use my abstract art for quilts. It's an exciting world!! I'll be back to see your news!

3/10/2007 1:11 AM

Blogger Tim said...

What kind of printer are you using, Rose? It looks like it's pretty sophisticated :) I think your work is the most creative use of fractals I've seen.

3/10/2007 12:56 PM

Blogger cruelanimal said...

I've been a fan of your work for a long time, Rose. Quilts and other fabric art have a unique "canvas" with its own textures, colors, and space. When hung, the folds and other impressions suggest a more "living" art form. I imagine it's very careful, detailed work -- but, fortunately, unlike fractals themselves, not infinite.

3/10/2007 1:33 PM

Blogger Guido Cavalcante said...

Rose, once you wrote a very nice commentary about a work of me - The Great Drought.Since then I often look to your site. I found your work very compelling on the use of a traditional technic with digital imagery as the thematic They are unique. Bravo!

3/11/2007 1:39 PM

Blogger Rose said...

Just popped in to see if anyone had posted something and found these comments - kewl!

Tumblewords - it would be good to see some examples of your book cover images on this blog. Do post one or two if you can.

Tim - I am using a wide body (13") Epson Stylus Photo 1280 and archival inks. To make sure the colour is fast the silk fabric is treated before the image is printed. This is a new process for me - its a challenge so is keeping me interested.

The quilts certainly are a conversation piece. I enjoy talking about them to the viewing public when we have open studio.

Cruelanimal: (what a cool name!) - it's a difficult medium to sell as people who don't know about fabric are concerned for it's longevity and care. You've totally hit the nail on the head when you talk about a 'living' art form. Brilliantly put.

And yes, it is extremely fiddly and delicate work which is why I enjoy working with the printed images - a tad quicker, though not much. Still a lot of embroidery and quilting to do!

Hi Guido: How nice of you to comment! You got it exactly right - its an exciting blend of old traditions and new techniques. It makes it easier for people to view as they can relate to the skill of quilting as a common element.

Most people can remember their grandmother quilting a bed cover. Seeing the envelope being pushed takes away one of the barriers that 'ART' raises to the general public.

3/13/2007 11:38 AM

Blogger Tim said...

uh... I was joking about the printer! I thought you did everything by hand.

It's a relief to know you that you're using a printer, though. I have a sister-in-law who does quilting. Everything is made up of small pieces of fabric, like a mosaic using fabric. I'm sure she'd prefer to use a printer. Computers really add power to creative people. Keep on Quiltin'

3/13/2007 4:38 PM

Blogger Rose said...

Oh no Tim. I only use the printer for the embroidered, wholecloth pieces. I thought it was those pieces you were talking about.

All the other quilts are exactly what your sister-in-law does. We cut up small pieces and then sew them laboriously back together again - all by hand. No kidding!

And yes, sometimes it takes years.

3/13/2007 8:16 PM


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