One is never too old to learn something new. That is certainly the case with our Design to Quilt program. We too have found a number of ideas that WE just LOVE and want to incorporate into our personal work. Here are a few of our Priniciples of Design Editor's favorites.
Week 32 - Asymmetrical Balance
Shake things up to create a more interesting work. Asymmetrical balance means that the entire work is balanced, but with a more energetic and exciting feeling.
Week 35 - Pattern/Repetition
Pattern is the combining of elements or motifs in an arranged and repeated manner to delight the eye of the viewer.
Week 38 - Emphasis
Emphasis is a technique used by artists to shift the viewers attention to what the artist finds to be most important. Emphasis is one of those magic ingredients that can make your work stand out from the crowd.
Week 30 - Balance
Balance is the visual arrangement of elements (color, texture, space, etc.) to create a sense of stability and calm, but can also be used to create excitement.
Week 39 - Rhythm/Movement
Take the viewer on a visual journey into, around, or across a quilt by including rhythm and movement.
Over the course of our year, we have just dipped our toe in the water when it comes to understanding design. Continued learning and study is always recommended. Classes, online courses, and books abound to help you continue growing as a quilt artist. Below are a number of resources we believe would be a good place to begin your continued learning:
Alex Anderson (Shows 212, 408, 809, 1210, 2106) - All Things Quilting
Christine Barnes (Show 1407) - The Quilters Color Club
Deborah Boschert (Show 2108) - Art Quilt Collage: A Creative Journey in Fabric, Paint and Stitch ; Head, Heart and Hands: Developing Your Creative Voice Artist (Workbook)
Melody Crust (Shows 312, 1706) - A Fine Line: Techniques and Inspirations for Creating the Quilting Design
Jane Dunnewold (Show 1501) - Creative Strength Training: Prompts, Exercises and Personal Stories for Encouraging Artistic Genius (Self-guided course of study)
Becky Goldsmith (Shows 611, 1704) - The Quilter's Practical Guide to Color
Lyric Kinard (Shows 1311, 1710, 2013) - A Pocket Guide to Critique: How To See Your Work With An Artist's Eye
Katie Pasquini Masopust (Shows 906, 1913) - Color and Composition for the Creative Quilter ; Design Explorations for the Creative Quilter
Jean Wells (Shows 107, 1301) - Intuitive Color & Design: Adventures in Art Quilting ; Journey to Inspired Art Quilting: More Intuitive Color & Design
Joen Wolfrom (Shows 103, 2101) - Color Play, Second Edition