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Friday, October 8, 2010

Workshop Fun


 Taking classes is always fun and a great opportunity to learn something new.  There's nothing like a 5-day workshop, though, to really get the new ideas flowing.

I just recently returned from such a workshop with quilt artist, Sue Benner.  Check out her web site at www.SueBenner.com  (That's her standing at the table in front of the group.)  We had a great time learning how to abstract a design.  Everyone felt like they were struggling but we had some really lovely work come out of the whole group.  With 5 days to delve into the nuts and bolts of abstracting, we all came away with a lot of new skills to draw upon in the future.

Here's a sample of our very first exercise.  Sue randomly handed us a page torn out of a magazine and we were instructed to use 5 fabrics we had on hand to recreate the picture, in 20 minutes!  As you can see, mine is still fairly objectively realistic, but abstracted nevertheless.  It was a really helpful assignment to work the picture down into its basic elements.  I would do this again, with one of my own photos, before I started my next design. Try it.  It's a lot of fun!



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