I hate to use a cliche. Well, actually, I don’t really hate using cliches. I do it all the time. If I want to know if my daughter is ready to leave the house I ask, “ready, Freddy?” And if we’re going our separate ways I shout out, “See you later, alligator.” Truth be told, I’m a lover of cliches, so, I’m going to embrace that about myself and declare, “Inspiration is everywhere!”
I was in Durham, North Carolina this past weekend visiting my eldest daughter as she makes her way through her first year of Law School at Duke University and got a chance to look around.
Guess what? Yeah, inspiration is everywhere.
Like at the local Farmer’s Market. There’s no denying the shape of the mushroom is beautiful, but how about the color combination of the pale gray mushrooms and the intense turquoise baskets they’re nested in and the ‘block-like” quality of all the boxes lined up in rows?
The stripping of the interior of these mushrooms is pretty spectacular too. Definitely reminds me of thin strips of fabric improvisationally sewn together.
It’s not exactly a stretch to see the quilt/fabric patterning inspiration in this floor at a downtown coffee shop called Cocoa Cinnamon.
Yesterday we went for Brunch at Duke University’s Nasher Museum. It’s a small, but beautiful space and it happened to be Family Day, so we strolled through the galleries once our bellies were full. Interesting though, or maybe not, I was less inspired by what I saw at the museum then by what I happened to catch in the previous couple of days just walking around town.
Despite that, I’m sharing a few pieces that I think relate to quilts and fiber.
The above piece ranged across a very large wall with all manner of mostly polyester clothes patched to the wall at varying angles. It was very colorful and felt a bit like a tee shirt quilt gone amok, a quality which would probably improve most, if not all, tee shirt quilts.
I also came upon these yarn figures hanging on the wall. I like that they seemed almost to represent words or symbols, that I wanted to “read” them. I’m not absolutely sure I thought they held much interest beyond that.
The quilt inspiration is pretty obvious in this painting by Gerhard Richter. I think I’ve even pinned a few of his painting to my “inspirations” board on Pinterest. It was nice to see and a bit heart warming. Simple shapes rendered in beautiful, intense colors have a powerful impact.
It’s good to know I still think that’s true.