Welcome to Jump Cut Arts!
Thanks very much to Joanna of The Snarky Quilter for inviting me to be part of the Around The World Blog Hop. Grab your beverage of choice and stay a while!
What am I working on?
I'm almost done piecing a benefit quilt for an event hosted by my nephew, which is a fundraiser for ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or Lou Gehrig's disease). If I were to make only one quilt a year, it would be for this event. If you heard about the Ice Bucket Challenge this summer, you know what I'm talking about. I even managed to find some ice cube fabric . . .
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I'm not too sure my work stands out at all so that's a tough question to answer, but I will say this: I am straddling two worlds right now. I'm a traditional, old-school hand-quilter who just joined the Modern Quilt Guild. I l-o-v-e the rebellion in modern quilting, but I believe it's enormously important that we learn quilt history because we are part of it. On that note, I am working towards adding some unpredictability to my quilts.
Why do I write/create what I do?
The physical act of cutting fabric and sewing it back together again bears a remarkable resemblance to film editing which I trained for in college. I worked as a video editor for several years after that. I'd cut videotape during the day and cut fabric at night. The phrase jump cut refers to an edit where the sequential shots are different but very slightly - a perfect visual expression of memory and the passage of time. The technique gained notability in 1960 with the movie "Breathless" by Jean Luc-Godard. If you want a definition of mid-century cool, watch this. It was a rebellious movie that challenged traditional filmmaking. My heart still skips a beat when I see it.
I love cotton fabric. I started quilting over 20 years ago and so I couldn't imagine not making quilts though I did stop for a few years. I came across some judge's evaluation on a particularly beautiful quilt done with superb workmanship, and her comments were really negative. I knew I would never enter a competition - it's just not my thing - and reading the comments felt like a blow. It took a lot of the fun out of what I was doing so I stopped. Fast forward a few years and I had the opportunity to take a class with Denyse Schmidt as part of a studio tour to benefit a local arts center. Her place is not too far from where I live and it sounded fun so I signed up. I had no idea what I was getting into - my quilt life changed. I'm a much more relaxed quilter now and I find writing about my quilt experiences and 'exhibiting' my quilts through my blog enormously satisfying. I think a lot while I hand-quilt too. It's a form of meditation for me. If quilts don't make us think about memories and the passage of time, then I don't know what does.
How does my writing/creating process work?
Some people count sheep when they go to sleep; I arrange quilt blocks in my head. I keep a gridded notebook on my nighttable so if something particularly interesting pops up, I'll do a rough sketch and try to refine it in the morning. I'll get to work on it pretty quickly but with handquilting it takes a while before the whole piece is actually finished. I'll use a traditional block as a starting point, but it's in the arrangement of the top where it becomes an expression of something else.
This top is called Take Out/Full Plate. At dinner one night, I realized that my family had different take out selections on each of our plates. It dawned on me that we had so much going on - our plates were too full - and once again we ordered take out. It's that way for a lot of people I know. I'm not sure that's a good thing.
And that's all she wrote, which I think is quite enough! Next Monday, November 17, head west and meet Sarah at Cedar Fork Stitches. When Sarah photographs her bright and lovely quilts against those gorgeous skies, I want to pack up my bags and go west . . .