Twelve Days of Twelves: Part Two

February 15, 2011, 09:51 am  Posted by needlearts

We’re on to installment number two of our celebration of Twelve by Twelve: The International Art Quilt Challenge. And today’s post includes a giveaway of a copy of the book! SEWLINDAAN IS THE WINNER! To enter for a chance to win a copy of Twelve by Twelve, leave a comment on this post by 11 p.m. EST on February 21, 2011. Any comment will do, but we’d love to hear about any quilting projects you’re working on, or how a certain color has inspired your sewing projects. We’ll randomly select a winner and announce the results on February 22. Click here for the official rules.

For those of you just joining us, each day for twelve (business) days, we’re interviewing one of the talented quilt artists who contributed to the book. 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: Kristin La Flamme

Location: Waipahu, Hawaii

Kristin, if you could have changed one of your quilts from Twelve by Twelve, which one would it have been, and why?

I’m least pleased with my Water quilt. While I still love the concept of making it from water soluble materials, I don’t think it’s held up well as an exhibit piece. I’d love to make a video of it being doused with water though — that would tell its story much better than it hanging limply on a wall.

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

Oh yes! I find each and every Twelve’s approach to the challenges to be very inspiring. I find myself making Deborah-like stitches all the time, though that may just be because we think similarly. Nikki’s and Karen’s work definitely encouraged me to try painting after quilting on a few pieces (Window and Twelve).

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

My own work is illustrative and based in tradition. I don’t think that being part of the group has changed my perspective of my work as much as it has perhaps broadened the subject matter that I work with.

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?

The first challenge got me thinking much more conceptually. If we had started with Colorplay I think I might have treated it more like compositional studies in color rather than trying to incorporate more meaning into each piece.

We heard there were “awards” given out to you all after the theme series was finished… what was your award?

I was called out several times. In general it was for putting a lot of concept behind the pieces. I am very flattered, but have to admit that I also felt a lot of pressure to keep up the deep thoughts. Not easy, and I’m not sure I’ve succeeded!

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

Blogging is short and sweet. I pick a story of my choosing and write about it. For the book I was still writing about the same subject matter, but it had to fit into the greater whole. Our chapters also combine several stories (our work, the challenge itself, other’s work, and our work environment). It obviously takes a lot more thought and work to weave together several ideas than it does to concentrate on just one as in a blog post.


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