Saturday, October 4, 2008

YMCA


Inspired by the mid-20th century modern design of my local YMCA, I started this little geometric color play piece. It is only pinned together at the moment. I am also working on a bigger version of this theme. The Y has a kind of Scandanavian simplicity, with cool angles and room dividing panels made of circles cut into wood that made me feel like going retro-modern. I used commercial cotton calicos and also some of my own hand dyed or hand batiked fabrics. Of course, me being me, I couldn't do something really precise; I like the off-center and lopsided squares...I think it makes it more interesting and appealing in a child-like way.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Regarding your pinned squares: perhaps consider leaving them pinned. Or pinning them with decorative pins, or jewelry pins, that kind of thing. Just a different way of exploring how fabric is put together. Perhaps the square are double-sided, so when they flap open, you see a different square or quilt or whatever.

Edzellinni said...

cool ideas. I already finished the piece though, but I will try something like this on another piece. And I would love it if you would leave your name, anonymous person with good ideas.

Trish said...

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