Now, let's get to those questions shall we.
What Am I Working On?
I've been doing a lot of pattern writing lately and will likely continue to do so throughout the rest of the year, as there are two patterns currently in the works; but in the next few weeks that number could be as high as four. There is actual sewing happening too, as I have a fast-approaching deadline to finish my Holy Sh*t Sherlock pixel quilt, and am working on a few items for the Camelot Fabrics Quilt Market booth too.
How Does My Work Differ From Others In Its Genre?
This is something that I've often wondered about, and while as a person I may be intrinsically unique, as a Designer or Artist...can the same be said? In this world of Pinterest, are we just regurgitating what we see or are we actually using it as a jumping off point and creating something new or at the very least, something that has a piece of us inside.
Back in July while at a retreat, I was caught off guard when some friends mentioned how they had seen some quilting projects come across social media lately and knew in an instant that it was my work. This was intriguing to me as I had never really thought that the quilts that I make were identifiable as mine, unless my name was visible. I later asked Mary Claire (who I hope doesn't mind that I include this) what it was about my work that made it me, and this is the response that she gave me..."Industrial comes to mind first. Very clean lines. All at once simple but yet appears complex. Graphic twist on traditional shapes. Modern...and of course awesomeness and bad a$$ness."
Those few brief phrases were something that I had been searching for and have given me further insights into this crazy head of mine.
Why Do I Create What I Do?
I have always had an artistic side and have tried my hand at various art forms including illustration, printmaking, and garment design; but it wasn't until a few years ago when I got back into quilting that I realized I had found my passion.
Quilting was for me in those early years, my escape from a suffocating career where creativity was frowned upon. Yet, now quilting has turned into a second career and given me the chance to prove what talents I do possess. Thanks to this path I have chosen, the opportunities are truly endless.
How Does My Creative Process Work?
There are two main ways that I come by and work through new ideas.
The first is that I pay attention to everything that is around me, and sometimes if I am lucky I will see something that turns on the light bulb. It could be in the shape of a skyline, the graphics in an advertisement, or the colors of a notebook; there is inspiration to be had everywhere if you just take a second to look.
The second way that I create is by working through a problem to find a solution. This can best be explained by using my Modernized Disappearing 9-Patch as an example. For starters, I had always wanted to make a Disappearing 9-Patch quilt, so when I was given a charm pack I jumped at the chance. Yet, soon realizing that I didn't have enough fabric to actually make it worthwhile, my solution was to add lots of negative space and the ME part was to create blocks which were similar; but different and use them in combination. Surprisingly when I let the technical part of my brain out to play, it has actually let me do the most creative work.
Of course, this little interview session wouldn't be going strong, if we each didn't continue to do our part to pass this along, so I am sending this to Jan of The Colorful Fabriholic; who will be posting her answers next Monday, September 8th.