Thursday, March 18, 2010

Madness

I'm afflicted with a madness I can't control. I don't know what's come over me. A while back I painted a piece of fabric with the intent of using it for a specific project. It didn't work out. I kept it on my design wall because I was certain it would work for my next piece. No, not even close.


The fabric collected dust on my wall for about six months. I even covered it up with new things I'd painted. But now, it is suddenly front and center. One night I dreamt about this fabric so vividly that I remembered it when I awoke: this fabric wanted to be the main attraction of a piece of art.

Well, I've got lots to do, lots of looming deadlines, and I can't get this fabric out of my head.... so, I've started to quilt it. Lots and lots of lines in pink, red and black, with metallic gold to come. Very tedious and time consuming; should be dull and boring, but I'm actually enjoying this. I can't seem to move on to anything else (including my "must do" pieces) until I get through this thing. I don't know if it will be worth it, but I'm driven to work on this. Has this ever happened to you?


P.S. I'm not so involved in this that I haven't noticed the wonderful turn in the weather. In my attic studio, I've been joined by many little spotted friends who've been taking rides on the fabric while I quilt. HA!

9 comments:

norma said...

Yes, I've had those middle of the night strokes of genius, but mine usually turn out to be flops when I try to execute them. I like the way yours is going.

Natalya Aikens said...

go Vivien go!!!! quilt quilt quilt!!!!

Cindy said...

Love the way this is going! Go with it!

Karen L R said...

oooh. very cool.

Michigoose said...

Parallel I tell ya, parallel! I have to do my 15 x 15 piece and the K.I.S.S. piece, and continue to work on my FFFC piece for last month (although I'm not stressing about that one...since I already missed the deadline)...and the garden is springing and and ...What am I obsessing about? Sorting out my office and finishing a snowflake quilt (sort of traditional but really contemporary) I started in 2001. Go figure.

Susan Schrott, Artist said...

Of course is has happened to me..that's why I got up at 4:46 Am this morning!! This is love the painted fabric...and i can't wait to see where it takes you.
Keep dreaming.

Carole said...

Love where this is going... maybe someday I will have that 'middle of the nigt' epiphany... I have a gift for you on my blog.

Judy Alexander said...

I know what you mean about having to work on something. This is happening with my 'Kandinsky' inspired piece. I should be doing other things but it keeps calling me back. Can't wait to see how this ends up.

Kristin L said...

Oh yes -- I always have to jump in on the current idea even if the previous ideas aren't finished yet. Lots of works in progress, very little actually finished!