Saturday, June 27, 2015

Weekend

"Weekend" ©2015, 42" x 19"

I live in a relatively small town with a large university in California.  The sun shines most days making bicycles a viable means of transportation for students, faculty, and other residents.  On peak days, there are 20,000 bikes on campus, so I have no shortage of inspirational material.  I frequently walk through campus and have grown accustomed to the rhythm of the days, the quarters and breaks and summers.  I know not to expect to cross the street easily at 8:50 am.  But weekends are different.  Staff and faculty are gone, students sleep in, and a lone bike sits in the sun outside of a closed dining hall.  The cycle of cycles - - I have my theme covered!

Hsin-Chen, this was a really fun piece to create and using a palette I like, but don't usually use in my work.  I like the results - it reminds me of happy things.  Thanks for the challenge!

"Weekend" was created with commercial fabrics and hand-dyes layered with organza.  The foreground is raw-edge appliquéd and machine quilted.

"Weekend", detail

11 comments:

  1. Love, love, LOVE it! The color palette is a departure for you but that's what this group is all about, right? The psychedelic pattern on the bike is my favorite. Gorgeous.

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    1. Thanks, Kate! Such a fun piece to do! I had to go buy fabric for the first time in a while - that was fun, too :)

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  2. I love your bicycle, Martha! The lines are beautiful and every detail is perfect. The color you use in the foreground is eye-catching. Looking at the work makes me happy and cheerful. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful work with Viewpoints 9.

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    1. Thank you, Hsin-Chen! This was a great challenge - and I really enjoyed it!

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  3. Count my vote for LOVE IT! But then I love all your bikes...they all tell tales. Not just pretty faces.

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    1. Thanks, Diane - they're great analogies!

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  4. Que maravilla de trabajo!!!! me podrias informar donde puedo comprar el patron???
    Muchas gracias por enseñarnos un trabajo tan bonito.

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  5. Fantastic! The detail and the sunny feel. Bravo!

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  6. Saw this on Selvage Blog, I'm stunned by people who can draw so well and then translate that to applique, it's graphically wonderful, including the colors you've used. Bravo!

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