|Personal Symbols Series, each finishes 5" x 7"|
Now that my 2022 teaching schedule has concluded, I am revisiting a few of my WIPs/UFOs with a renewed hope to finish a few before the end of the year. This first finish is actually 6 small finishes, These layered and stitched compositions were all inspired by Deborah Boschert's Personal Symbols class offered online through the Sisters Show in July 2021. I absolutely loved the 8 small compositions I made in her Captivating Compositions workshop and was excited to revisit these ideas while exploring symbols that were special to me. Join me as I share my progress of creating and finishing these small pieces, along with a bit of insights as to why these symbols are so personal for me.
Here is my fabric palette which includes a blend of commercial prints, solids, and some of my own mark-making fabrics.
During the workshop, I was too busy taking in design inspiration that I didn't make much progress on creating my small compositions. Thankfully Deborah's handouts provided several layout diagrams as starting points, plus I incorporated several of the starting guides outlined in her Art Quilt Collage book and Captivating Compositions class. A few of my personal symbols involved a bit of refining of fabric selections and/or cut out shapes before I was ready to fuse them into place--all part of the design process.
In the photos below, the double arcs remained fairly constant, but as you look closer, you'll see some of the finetuning in the placement and fabrics of the background, spool, needle, and thread.