Joan Brailsford – Artist style #1
Inspiration: For my series this year I have chosen ‘close to home’ as my subject, since travel has been limited recently which means that I have foucssed on, and been inspired by, sights which are around me.
As you may guess, my chosen artist is Hundertwasser. I love the vibrant colours and shapes, and surreal depiction of his landscapes and townscapes. I also like the fact that he ‘opposes the straight line’ – something which I will revel in since I have trouble making straight lines in my work! For my series working on the things I see around me the most obvious place to start is with the potteries, for which my city (Stoke-on-Trent) is known worldwide.
I repeated the shape of the pottery as the main design and used warm colours to represent the heat of the firing process. I followed the shape roughly with lines of chain stitch and added applique coloures shapes within each. I added lines of ribbon to represent the roads around the factory and added more coloured shapes to indicate that pottery is all over the city. I used some machine stitching and beads to complete the quilting. All the lines within the piece are slightly ‘off’ the straight.
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