In May we were looking at Space and I don't mean the planets and astronauts!
The space around a shape is known as negative space. Varying negative space in a textile work is very important for creating an interesting composition.
For example, putting a row of tree in a landscape with the same space in between each one can look static and boring even if it is what you see in real life or a photo. Interest is created when the space between each tree is varied and some trees are in front or behind one another.
Varying the size or scale of an object in a composition also creates interest.
I drew up four different sketches of Pennant Coral Fish and chose the more interesting one that had varying shape size and a more interesting negative space.
I chose the top left sketch and made a little background for them with a pretty batik blue fabric and some batiks that looked like rocks.
When I usually create an art quilt, I add all the embroidery and embellishment before I baste and quilt but seeing as this is really only an exercise in space, I basted it and then sewed around all the shapes as part of the quilting. It is much quicker but I don't think the result is as nice.
Here is the finished quilt.
Bye for now,