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Line Mastery

As part of my January lines challenge I viewed work I admired by artists ranging from the renowned Paul Klee to textile designer Lucienne Day. I’ll be showing the second part of my January lines challenge soon, but first I want to share work I looked at for inspiration.

I consider Paul Klee a master of line as he uses it so many different ways. The handbill below shows his thick line technique that echoes Arabic writing to me.

Paul Klee “The Comedians”

Lucienne Day was a British textile designer whose work epitomized mid century interior design. I believe these designs are still available. If they look familiar I suspect it’s because many current designers have done work that is curiously similar.

Selection of Lucienne Day’s textile designs
Closeup of Lucienne Day’s Dandelion design
Good study for effects of solid and dashed lines

While Matisse is often praised for his use of color, the sketches below show how well he used sinuous line.

Matisse
A Matisse collage

Charles Rennie Mackintosh was an architect and interior designer whose renowned stained glass and rose designs use line decoratively and functionally.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Willow Tearoom doors

Thick, thin; solid, dashed; curved, angular – the combinations seem endless, as do the ways to mark lines. Matisse even used the gaps between pieces of paper. That’s an approach I didn’t try, and I really need to add it to my lines toolbox.

I’m linking to Off The Wall Friday.

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Architectural Inspiration

Inspiration comes in strange ways. I began with Radiant fabric strips designed by Caryl Bryer Fallert and failed miserably at a design. Then as I pieced squares with the remnants I recalled the Art Nouveau elongated chairs designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his penchant for using cut out squares.

I wrote about this before but wanted to show the completed product, which I call Rennie.

RennieWhile the quilting seems sparse I put a lot of thought into it, and based my design on a gate. I was thrilled to find a simplified version of the Mackintosh rose.

Rennie quilting designI traced the design onto the clear cover of a file folder and adapted that on a black and white photo of my top.

Rennie quilting sketchI added more horizontal quilting lines for stability and did more stitching in the ditch than usual. I used Superior smoke poly invisible thread and Sulky rayon 40 weight thread.

Quilted rose on RennieThis now hangs in my sewing studio.

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