Monday, July 4, 2011

New Project for the Design Wall!

This is my design wall for today.  You may notice that all the previous stuff is still there, just shifted around to make room for that big whitish blob.  It's my latest work!

I'm making a piece to be displayed at a showing of the play "1000 Words" next winter/spring at the Overture Center in Madison, Wisconsin.  The show will move at some point to Milwaukee.  "1000 Words" is a play about the photographer Walker Evans, his purported progeny, some missing photos, and some quilts.

I've been dragging my feet about what to do because I didn't want to run afoul of copyright laws, but I really wanted to use one of his photos.  So I found one that was in the public domain and I dyed up some cotton sateen to look like an old stained photo.  I think I'm going to do a whole cloth piece using inks or paints and thread.  I might make a colorful one too -- we'll see how this goes.

This was taken at the Belle Grove plantation in Louisiana around 1936.  I was drawn to all the angles -- it reminds me of an M. C. Escher print.

To see what others have going on on their design walls, click here to go to Judy's blog.

8 comments:

Nina-Marie said...

Ohh this is interesting - I'm doing a challenge also where the photo was taken from the creative commons. I can't wait to see it "materialize"! (grin)

Kathie said...

Its nice you have a huge design wall and can just leave other things up.

Quilter Kathy said...

You have taken on a fascinating challenge...can't wait to see how it evolves!

Gail said...

What a clever idea, will love to see it when its completed.The dye job is fantastic-really works.

Beth said...

I can see columns in the fabric... but you will have to turn it 90 degrees CW... As usual waiting to see what you do with it!!!

Robbie said...

So much fun traveling with you on a project! Can't wait to see how your Evan's piece turns out! cool idea.

Lynne said...

What interesting work to be involved in.

Chris Daly said...

I can't wait to see what you come up with. Lots of inspiration in that photo.