Design Inspiration – Where do you find it (Part 1)?

OK, so maybe it should be where do I find it ;-)…

I have always drawn from an early age (at least since 5 years old), continued to do art through high school, then focused on chalk pastel drawings while studying for my BSc and MSc as a hobby. I have, however, never really studied art or artists.

Recently, I have been inspired in my design work by Abstract and Modern Art artists. I actually started researching artists and I have a few favorites that has definitely been influencing my current designs.

When I am learning about the artist and their styles, I try a couple of quilt designs that are similar, by looking at a few common pieces with a similar theme, look at each once and then try it on my own. Now, the simplicity and the geometric nature of the abstract and modern art period, shows through my own designs – some work, some don’t….but its all about trial and error and working out what is “me”.

Here are some of my favorite artists, and the books I have purchased or the links to sources.

Josef Albers
(Source: Interaction of Color – Book purchased from Amazon.com)

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Luis Sacilotto
(Source of paintings: http://www.wikiart.org/en/luis-sacilotto/)

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Harvey Quaytman
(Source: Harvey Quaytman – Book purchased from Amazon)

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Frederick Hammersley
(Source: Frederick Hammersley – Book Purchased from Amazon)

Screen Shot 2015-01-03 at 10.53.09 PM Screen Shot 2015-01-03 at 10.56.13 PM Screen Shot 2015-01-03 at 11.01.19 PM Screen Shot 2015-01-03 at 11.03.27 PMI would love to hear if there are artists or a period that influences your quilt designs.

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4 thoughts on “Design Inspiration – Where do you find it (Part 1)?

  1. quiltingjetgirl

    I have to admit that I have been turned off by art in the past. I never understood why my mom would want to drag the family into an art museum when we were visiting Washington D.C. when the Smithsonian had so many more interesting other museums (heh). Fortunately I think that I have matured a bit since then, but I do feel a distinct intimidation about art. It is something I honestly haven’t really reflected on too much until you asked this great question. And I am so drawn to Josef Albers and the first and last image underneath your reference to him. The quilts I create are of a necessity so much for the person that I am making them for that I struggle to say what is uniquely my voice, but it is something I have definitely been thinking about more recently. Thanks so much for sharing your inspirations, designs, and process.

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  2. Elizabeth Bolton

    I am so taken with all these images you’ve posted – I have to say that I find inspiration from people like you. I don’t realize what I like until my eye falls on it and I get that internal feeling of alignment and excitement – then I know I’ve hit on my BEST thing. I like lots of styles and colors, but it’s been so interesting to realize I really do have a “best,” too!

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