Friday, October 14, 2016

the greatest pleasure

Q:  What part of the process of making a quilt gives you the greatest pleasure?  
A:  I like every single part of the process, from choosing and dyeing the fabrics, designing the composition, planning and then executing the hand stitched marks and finally, finishing the edges with care.
I love to gently wash a finished quilt and hang it on the line.
Q:  What do you consider your greatest challenge when working with this medium?  
A:  The greatest artistic challenge for me is to retain the simplicity I love.
Q:  Approximately how many hours a week do you devote to quilt making?
A:  I work at least six hours a day, 7 days a week at my art form.  That's 40 - 50 hours a week.
 Q:  How long have you been making quilts?
 A: 45 years
Q:  How has your artwork changed over time?
A:  The quilts have become less auto-biographical and more universal. 

For the last ten years or so i have been using the archetypal shapes of circle, square, crucifix or repeated dots within large scale hand stitched pieces.  
Q:   Who or what has had the most influence on your artwork?
A:  Becoming a mother brought my creativity forward.  For years my artwork reflected on the responsibility and beauty of motherhood.

Otherwise, I would say that studying fine art has been very important to me.  I am continually inspired by looking at art and reading about artists and how they interpret and communicate their relationship with the world. 

10 comments:

Susan McQuade said...

Judy..you are such an inspiration! Thank you for sharing your time, talent and treasure.

Mo Crow said...

thank you for sharing your deep heart

Louise said...

So beautiful, and intricate, involved.x

Margaret said...

This week I've been reading "Slow Stitch"...delighting to find your work there...continuing thankful for your artistry and inspiration.

Kate Fern said...

Beautiful photos of your work. Inspiring to hear about your dedication to the craft. Very best wishes.

Martine said...

Thank you Judy............

rita faes said...

WOW just WOW !! I am speechless !! such beauty and what a dedication !!!

Els said...

Thanks ;-)

handstories said...

This is full of richness.

deemallon said...

I love your response that motherhood brought your creativity forward...