Sunday sketch #122

I’ve mentioned before that I find inspiration in a lot of different places. An obvious one is Instagram. I don’t just follow quilters; I follow painters and potters, sketchers and screenprinters, woodworkers and weavers. I also follow fellow art lovers who post images of artworks that inspire them. It’s a great way to see stuff that I wouldn’t otherwise find.

Recently I discovered @dust_jackets, and scrolled back through his/her/their feed to find a stunning image of a thick black line tracing bold shapes against an off-white background:

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It was hashtagged #jodelahaut and #1953. So who’s Jo Delahaut?

Turns out he’s one of Belgium’s first abstract artists, and a key figure in the geometric abstraction movement. His profile on Artnet includes at least two untitled pieces using a similar concept and shapes: the one from 1953, and another one from 1954. Beautiful.

So anyway, back to the art: I couldn’t get one of the motifs – the one that looks half-rectangle, half-circle – out of my head, so I decided to play around with it a bit. I wanted to explore that shape, but also the idea of a single line tracing through a bunch of different shapes (a little like my Sound Maze pattern).

I started by recreating the half-rectangle, half-circle shape, in a more condensed form. I alternated the direction of the shapes to add a little more interest and movement.

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These shapes look a bit like letters to me… ‘a’, ‘b’, ‘c’, ‘d’ and ‘e’ seem to pop out. Can you see them?

Then I changed the motif to circular on both sides, just to see what it looked like.

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I can’t decide if I like it more or not! I do like those large (broken) rectangles that appear to float above the shapes though (in both designs).

Finally, I decided to try the other alternative: the version with all hard angles and no curves.

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It’s funny how similar and yet how different the three designs are. And I still can’t tell which one I like the most!

I’m not sure how I’d translate these designs into actual quilt patterns. I like the idea of piecing the dark lines against a light background, but it would also be possible to appliqué strips if you were careful to keep everything lined up very straight.

Sunday sketch #121

This week’s designs aren’t really new; they’re exactly the same as Sunday sketch #120, just coloured in differently. I’ve opted for a red and white colour scheme, because who doesn’t love a red and white quilt?!

Here’s Sunday sketch #120 recoloured:

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I love how changing the colours can completely change the feel of the design!

Then I extended the same colour scheme to the edges of the design:

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And reversed the colour scheme:

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Maybe it’s those curved corners, but I love this one! So then I tried it without the curved diamonds in the middle:

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Hmm, maybe a bit too red? I tried filling in the squares with white, to balance things out a bit:

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It’s amazing how just a few minor changes can make such a big difference overall.

I think I like the first one and the middle one most. Which one’s your favourite??

Sunday sketch #120

In the description for Sunday sketch #119, I mentioned that I was going to post a series of related designs. Here’s the next one!

I replaced the arrow heads with a straight line (bisected in the middle, where the colours meet) and surrounded the coloured lines with a white border. Putting everything against a grey background sets the colours off nicely.

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I often fall in love with new designs, but I really love this one!

This design could be made into a quilt pattern using the same shapes as last week, without the triangles (HSTs, QSTs or flying geese).