Textured Color

Ruth Issett textile - Textured ColorTo wrap up this period of bold color, I just had to draw upon my next favorite medium, fiber. Oh, the things people are doing with quilts and mixed media textiles these days are mind-blowing! The textures, colors, and energy in modern textile art rival the best paintings of our time.

This intensely colorful and richly textured piece is by one of the true masters of the medium, Ruth Issett. Ruth’s work, although it can be elegantly simple, is always vibrant and emotional. It is, however, her intensely intricate pieces that are likely to stop any admirer of the arts in their tracks. I can only imagine the time I would lose standing in front of one of her pieces like you see here.

Not only is Ruth an accomplished artist in her field, she is a well-known and prolific writer and teacher.  I know of a half-dozen books she’s published on textiles and color over the last couple decades and they are so beautiful, you don’t even need to be interested in the techniques she teaches to enjoy them, but as polymer artists, I think there is quite a bit of inspiration in those pages.

I could not find an actual website for Ruth but she’s all over the web. Here is one link with an interview, lots of images and a list of her books so you can investigate further.

 

Weekly Inspiration Challenge: Go bold with color! That will mean different things for each of you. Perhaps you stick with the same half dozen colors … work with colors quite opposite of those. Perhaps you work in mostly neutrals or earth tones … try something bright and heavily saturated. Just push yourself with color when you get into the studio and see where it takes you.

 

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Outside Inspiration: Stitching Color

I first saw this piece you see here on a tiny Pinterest pin and thought “Wow. That’s some serious polymer clay work.” Only it’s not polymer. It’s a quilt! But wow … wouldn’t that make a gorgeous polymer wall piece?

The quilt is by the very gifted Carol Taylor. She balances a full spectrum of saturated color with consistent, yet rambling patterns in many of her quilts. I just keep trying to imagine just how stunning they must be in person!

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Her patterns, layout and colors would all be quite inspiring for any polymer artist by I think they would make caners in particular just gush. Treat yourself to a stroll through her online gallery today.

And a very happy Valentine’s Day from myself and Cleo (she’s the cat in my lap making typing more of a challenge than it should be today.) Big furry hugs to all our readers!

 

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