Sunday, December 2, 2007

Secrets of the Evolution of Mona Lisa . . .

. . . Revealed
About two years ago, I began this ambitious "Mona Lisa" quilt from Tammie Bowser's book "Simply Amazing Quilted Photography." This quilt comprises sixty-two rows of thirty-nine 1.25" fabric squares in each row, approximately 48.75 inches by 77.5 inches. At that time, I thought the decision to use my huge stash of fabrics was frugal and quite clever. However, I was wrong. Thus began my search for "value fabrics" from local quilt shops and the Internet. Some worked; many did not.

In a project such as this, if you change one color, it affects the entire group because each color combines with the colors adjacent to it, which then affects the colors adjacent to that, and on and on. The result—I made a frustrating mess of this beloved piece.

From time to time, I would saunter into Tremayne’s home office—which is where Mona Lisa is hanging—to work on it "visually," occasionally making fabric changes, replacing one fabric color for another color, and replacing that replacement with the original fabric, or not.

This image is a photograph of its third "remodel." "Mona Lisa" is an amazing example of "artistic evolution." Not only has this art quilt undergone changes, my vision as an artist has significantly changed. This quilt could not be completed because I had more to experience and learn.

Painting with Neocolor II made me realize that I could produce my own fabrics in any color and shade, and I wasn’t restricted to Neocolors. There are many fabric dyeing techniques available. In addition, the experience of creating "Inchies" led me to change my method.

I am working on "Mona Lisa" once more, this time with more purpose and intent--I think. Instead of an art quilt, however, "Mona Lisa" will become a mosaic of Inchies. The temptation not to modify my method further will be difficult because the natural effect of learning new things is "change"—thus, the secret: "The Evolution of Mona Lisa and me."


morningDove said...

An amazing piece of art and I love the person I have come to know as Fannie.

Fannie said...

Thanks, Dove.

Jacq said...

Your Mona Lisa is such a wonderful learning tool. I find that each day that goes by, changes how I look at most things.

Fannie said...

Thanks, Jacq. I'm sure Mona Lisa and I will continue to evolve until I'm "finished" with her--if I ever finish her. ;-D

. . . okay, "when" I finish her.

su said...

I love the mosaic, idea!!!!!!!!!! su

Fannie said...

Hi, Su~
How are you? Hope you're enjoying the holidays.