I don’t know how I came across her work, but a while back I did an image search on Mary Blair, an illustrator associated with Walt Disney and Little Golden Books back in the day. And I sat there thrilled at the quilt possibilities.
A sample of her work is shown in the Mary Blair Gallery, and Cartoon Modern also features her work. Disney liked her work so much he had her design a multi-story tile art piece for the lobby of Contemporary Resort in the original Disney World. Her work for Disney is charming – she is responsible for the art of the It’s a Small World ride – but she had a long career as a free lance graphic artist, doing books, ads, and apparently even handkerchiefs.
Below is a mural study Blair did for Contemporary Resort. Can’t you just see it made up as a contemporary quilt with lots of improv piecing ?
Then there’s this landscape that practically has the quilting done for you.
And here’s a handkerchief Blair designed that has a ready made border. I don’t quite understand the clown motif, but it’s pretty abstract.
And here’s an illustration from “Alice in Wonderland.” Just look at the wonderful color, texture, and curves.
I have concerns about copyright infringement, especially dealing with Disney, so I won’t be using any of these images until I research that issue. However, I can be inspired by Blair’s palette and intriguing perspectives. That landscape with the river really speaks to me.