Twelve Days of Twelves: Part Three

February 16, 2011, 09:01 am  Posted by needlearts

We’re moving forward with day three of our celebration of Twelve by Twelve: The International Art Quilt Challenge. Each day, for twelve (business) days, we’re interviewing one of the talented quilt artists who contributed to the book. Some days (like yesterday) include a giveaway! For more information on the book, click here. For more information on the Twelves, or to join them on their current group challenge, visit their website.

Today’s Guest: Karen Rips

Location: Thousand Oaks, California

Karen, how do you describe your own quilting? Has being part of the Twelves group changed your perspective on your own work?

I see my own work as a form of exploration and not necessarily an evolution of a single style or voice. The challenges, and the size requirement, make the Twelves the perfect venue for experimentation.

Also, being part of such a talented group of women has enhanced my own artistic self esteem.


Hot Hot Hot

You’re in the middle of the second group challenge, with a Colorplay theme. How did the first challenge affect the work you’ve done for the second one?

I have found no connection between the two challenges. In the initial challenge, working with a theme produced multiple ideas in my mind, and the freedom to express what I was thinking. The Colorplay challenge is more difficult to me, as I find myself to be distracted by the obvious such as green being grass or blue being sky. But this is good as it is taking me out of my comfort zone and pushing me to explore alternatives.

Were you inspired to try a new technique that one of the Twelves used in their work? If so, which one?

Under the Bridge

I’m not sure I’ve been inspired to use a new technique, but I have noticed similarities in the work some of us do, and after all this time we must be influencing each other at least subtly.

How was writing your portion of the book similar and different to blogging about the quilts as you made them?

On our group blog I don’t tend to go into great detail regarding the inspiration and construction of each piece. I like to present the work, and then let others comment on it. I think that commenting on the blog is also more informal than writing a chapter for a book. I had to work hard for my book chapter. I wanted each thought and word to be just right. Perhaps, I still view a printed published book to be more permanent than a blog site.


7 Responses

    Susan Parker says:

    I saw the cover of the book on Amazon—-what wonderful inspiration—-it’s definitely on my wish list.

    Susan Parker

    Jamie Fingal says:

    Congratulations Karen! I can’t wait to own the book. Can you remember us sitting at lunch discussing the possibilities of this? It has come full circle. I am so happy for all of you! Major happy dance x 12!

    Carol Henke says:

    Great to see you here Karen. I’m impatient to see the book! Congratulations!

    ~Kathleen says:

    I wish I could see Under the Bridge in person. It looks so interesting in the picture.

    Dolores says:

    I think it must be quite nice to be part of such a great group of women fibre artists. Invigorating and inspiring to see how others interpret a given theme.

    corinne says:

    Beautiful work, love your color choices

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