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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Opposites Attract: Sol Mates


Sol Mates, by Alida
Dimensions: 40'' x 14'' (each)
Inspired by the work of Sol Lewitt

Marian (seamstobesew) is hosting a fun blog hop and I decided to join with my recent piece "Sol Mates"!

I made this piece for a recent blog hop I myself run on this blog (Art with Fabric) and it is a piece completely outside my comfort zone!

Let me tell you more about Sol LeWitt.

LeWitt is regarded as a founder of both Minimal and Conceptual art. His prolific two and three-dimensional work ranges from wall drawings (over 1200 of which have been executed) to hundreds of works on paper extending to structures in the form of towers, pyramids, geometric forms, and progressions. More on LeWitt, links at stories can be found on this Wiki page.

You HAVE to watch the amazing timelapse video of the artists painting "Sol LeWitt at the Met - Wall Drawing #370, Installation: Days 15-17" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5OJ36NbGU2c.

If you want to hear more about his approach to art and how amazing artists put together his conceptual work (which is the text instructions on how the piece should look like) listen to the stories in this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tpi5OBv6ZMU.

"The artist and the draftsman become collaborators in making the art" -Sol LeWitt.

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Now about me :)

If you ask me what kind of art/paitings I do NOT like I would say something modern, simple, minimalist... something with few colors...
If you ask me what kind of fabric I absolutely do NOT like to work with I would say solids... and white in general...

That's why I was super surprised when I first looked at one of LeWitt wall drawings (the X) and I instinctively thought "I NEED to make that into a quilt" :)
That's what I LOVE about art... sometimes a piece moves you so strongly and so deeply that it goes against all the "rational" likes/dislikes that you have always had.

So while I knew that I wanted to reproduce the X painting, I also knew that I had to put my spins to it.
First of all I decided to make just half of it, and then I decided to add a pop of color (purple).
I made that half and then I start starring at it and I kept thinking "I really like it, but something is missing".
Of course the other half was missing :) and that's when I decided to make the other half and the name "Sol Mates" came in the picture. Because the first half represents me (my favorite color is purple) and the other half represent my significant other (his favorite color is blue).
And if you look closely the finished piece you would notice that it is covered in cat hair :) so here you have it, the entire family in one quilted piece of art :)

The two halves are complementary in the quilting (quilted in opposite sections) and the quilting is not perfect... because we are not perfect...

Detail on the quilting.
The two halves are quilted in complementary ways: straight quilting on the white sections of the X (and black sections on the background) for the blue half, quilting on the black sections X (and white sections on the background) for the purple half.


Thanks for stopping by and feel free to help yourself in the following giveaway offered by Marian (seamstobesew)!!! :)
Go and check out the other participants of the hop from Marian's blog!!!

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47 comments:

  1. Very interesting! love the bit's of contrast.

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  2. Very Cool, this is a wonderful pattern. I am like you, I dislike solids intensely and I really do not like working with white. In fact, next to solids, white is the one color I have the least amount of in the way of prints. I think the pattern you've created really pops with just the hint of purple and blue, but I also think the pattern is striking just on it's own also. I'm sew glad you shared your perspective today.. Thank you for joining in Opposites Attract.

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  3. You did an awesome job considering you don't like modern/minimalistic quilts, solids and especially white!
    I love it!

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  4. This a cool piece that came from a cool idea...interpreting artwork in a quilt!

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  5. I agree with you. I am not much of a modern art girl either. Thanks for the giveaway

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  6. this is so cool. I tend to be more contemporary. but i like seeing modern
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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  7. Interesting optical illusion. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  8. Very nice...I just made a quilt from the may june mccall's magazine that's about strips...It was fun..... ty for sharing happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  9. Very striking and great concept for this challenge. Thanks for sharing ... :) Pat

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  10. Your piece would be way outside my comfort zone.

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  11. Good contrast and really contemporary!

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  12. I love modern looks, so I find this amazing!

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  13. Very nice - I think it would have been less effective without the pop of color on each half. Thanks for sharing.

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  14. You did a great job. It is definitely out of my comfort zone.

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  15. What a fun way to show off just how opposites attract!

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  16. Really love the pop of blue and purple and your thoughts behind making it.
    Thanks for the giveaway
    nl@ridder.ca

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  17. Quite Striking! Thanks for the draw. raydeer@memlane.com

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  18. I love stripes in quilts - so dramatic!

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  19. Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.netJune 1, 2016 at 2:39 PM

    A very dramatic design. Very nice.

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  20. Well, I don't like modern art or modern quilts...usually. These are wonderful

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  21. Thanks for the inspiration! I have never thought to look at a piece of art and translate it into a quilt. Great job!

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  22. I love the concept of the quilt and it simplicity. You named it correctly two half of a whole "Sol Mates". Your inspiration from the Artist Sol Lewitt has me looking at his art in a new way and I might just try a quilt like his art. Thank you for sharing this.

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  23. Very cool! Just now working on my first modern quilt.

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  24. Beautiful and well said, thanks for sharing!
    cork@pa.rr.com

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  25. I love what you did. I would never have thought so outside-the-box as to make a pair of the hangings. What a great title you used, too! Thanks for explaining your inspiration. desertskyquilts.wordpress.com

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  26. I loved reading about your inspiration for the piece. I also really enjoyed the spin on the name "Sol Mates" and how the piece represents you and your SO.

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  27. I love that Sol Lewitt's art inspired you. Your piece is graphic, bold, intriguing and looks put together very well done.

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  28. Your work and points are beautiful, the quilt makes my eyes off balanced or something.
    Did you have trouble sewing it?

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  29. You have done a great job with this! Thanks for sharing.

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  30. Thanks for your very interesting explanation of what you did. An inspiration.

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  31. I like the boldness of your design.

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  32. Very nice! It would be hard for me to work on the stripes. I have a stigmatism that makes working with black and white stripes

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  33. Very different idea... I am like you on how I feel about modern, etc....but I have a son that would loooove this! :) Awesome job!

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  34. Always nice to stretch yourself and put your own stamp on something...great job. Thanks for sharing.

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  35. Wow! That's an eye proper. Love it!
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  36. That's beautiful.
    jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

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  37. Excellent interpretation! Well done!

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  38. Very cool. Really enjoyed reading your process!

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