As I love art and the size was not painful, it seemed a good thing to do, although choosing an artist took me ages - who actually is my favourite artist? I like the work of so many. Should I choose someone instantly recognisable or go for a contemporary artist no-one would have heard of or, or, or... Too much choice. So I prevaricated, until one day I opened an old sketchbook and found a photo of a sculpture by Barbara Hepworth and thought it would make a great starting point for a quilt. It was a piece I had seen at the Hepworth late 2015 and it reminded me of the many drawings I was making of stones. I liked the idea of choosing Barbara Hepworth - well known, but not too well known and also a female artist as the majority people have heard of are men.
I had got very excited when I saw her sculptures for the first time at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park of shapes with holes, especially as I was making images of people with holes at that time.
|Trying out the fabrics|
|Quilting pattern sketch|
|Another quilting pattern sketch|
In the end, I made a second, smaller version for the SAQA Suitcase Collection, so got to try out two quilting patterns. Which one do you prefer?