As “I” have evolved … so has my process. The thing to understand about “my process” … is that I don’t really have one. My true process is to just do what feels natural to do next. Sometimes it is problem solving, sometimes it is heading back to the GoodWill Stores for tie colors I need (which can be the most time consuming and frustrating task … men just don’t wear ties anymore!), sometimes it is pinning and sewing. My favorite aspect of “the process”/or not …. is playing with/manipulating the fabrics. I love how the silk feels in my hands … I love the bright colors … and I love watching things evolve …. even when I hit a rough spot.
This example of “my process” is taken from a piece I made for my nephew and his bride several years ago now. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of the final completed quilt . Arghh! Each of the flowers have specific meaning … for example: the bride loves orchids, and their honeymoon destination was Hawaii (thus, the Hibiscus) ………. The creating/planning stage takes me about a month. Assembling the background …. hmmm …. maybe a couple of days depending on the complexity of the piece. Creating the foreground, or flowers in this case, takes usually about a week of dedicated work and the thread painting to make the flowers come alive … takes usually 2 to 3 days.