Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Lyubov Popova

Russian abstract artist Lyubov Popova was our topic with the Waverley Art Quilters last month.

None of us had heard of her but one of her paintings is in the latest Victorian National Gallery Winter Exhibition called MOMA. It is an exhibition with works from the New York Modern Art Gallery. I still haven't got around to seeing it yet.

Textile by Lyubov Popova
Lyubov Popova (1889-1924) was a Russian who created abstract and Cubist designs. She developed a fusion of styles and often used black, white and grey to highlight her vibrant colours. She was interested in geometric shapes and used a limited palette of colours. She often worked in a series amd used line and optical illusions to create rhythm.

Lyubov died of scarlet fever at only 35 years old but during her short life she taught art, produced books and textiles and fashion designs. I think she was ahead of her time and was hugely talented.

I took my inspiration from the textile pictured above and pieced a variety of black, white and orange fabrics together.

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I layered different sized circles on the top and then bravely made 3 cuts with my rotary cutter and shifted the fabrics and sewed them back together.

Normally I would have made the circles blue to make them really pop but I wanted to experiment with the limited colour range like Lyubov Popova did. I liked it more than I expected.

When I quilt I usually change the thread colour to match the fabric but this time I wanted to try just white straight lines like I have seen the modern quilters do.

Fractured by Linda Steele

It was a much quicker way to quilt and I quite liked the clean modern look for a change.

Bye for now,


Barbara said...

I love your interpretation. Did you fuse your circles or inlay them?

Robbie said...

WOW! I am going to share this with my fiber group. I love her work and your piece inspired by her is wonderful!!!! I love any geometric work and this is so very inspirational!!! Thanks for sharing and introducing us to this talented lady!

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Linda Steele said...

Thanks Barbara,
I was running short of time when I made this quilt and so the circles were placed on with no glue or fusible and I stitched over them, normally I would use a fusible. If I was being really careful I might try and piece them!

Linda Steele said...

I am glad you liked it Robbie, it turned out much better than I expected but she is certainly a great inspiration to me.

Linda Steele said...

Thanks Kristin,
I love Lyubov's work and felt quite inspired by her.

Charlotte Scott said...

Brave! and it works!