Fiber Artist Paula Kovarik has shared some thoughts on looking for patterns, adding lines and connections and rhythms to create an engaging whole out of apparently random elements.
I'm still thinking about how patterns emerge. And how our brains look for unifying elements to make sense of chaos. Quilts use repeat modules to create a whole from fragments. So, if I brought disparate elements together could I create a whole? Here are a few base thoughts:
1. Regularity unifies.
2. Grids are glue.
3. Lines travel and connect.
4. Connection = comprehension.
So I took a few of the sample thread studies I have laying around and cut them into 2" squares. Assembling them randomly on a background substrate created a tile-like pattern that I emphasized with a grid that holds them together.
Then I started looking for connections. These small tiles really have little in common— just some black thread on neutral fabric. My eyes seemed to bounce around the assemblage, hip hopping to find similarities. So I added a line mimicking the hip-hop journey my eyes were taking.
Then I turned the piece to the back to see what was happening with my random connections.
I'm not sure how much farther I want to take this piece. I love the complexity that is beginning to show up with the layered stitching. And I like the back of the piece. I'll have to study it a while.