Robert Kaufman-Challenge

Mittwoch, 18. April 2007

Surfing through the web last summer I noticed a challenge: ”Life, love and hope” by the Robert Kaufman Company. I tried my luck and sewed a quilt.
The job was to take some of the fabrics of a certain new Kaufman collection and to design and produce a quilt which uses the fabrics in a creative way. Part of the fabric’s proceeds is designated to Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Now this is my result:
As many of the fabrics are of an axial symmetry they were very right for kaleidoscopes. I love the work of Paula Nadelstern and inspired by her I pieced different kaleidoscopes, some with 5, 6, 7, 8 or 12 segments. Paula often uses a very picturesque background, fabrics which are vibrating such as batiks. In contrast to her I chose a solid background. I didn’t want to steal the show from the kaleidoscopes and a solid shows much more of the structure of machine quilting. So I applied the kaleidoscopes on “invisible curved lines”, sewing by hand. The both tallest of them are nearly identical. Only the colors of the fabrics vary. These are placed on the so called “Golden Mean” and perhaps the two symmetric round shapes were a little bit inspired by the Research Foundation ;-).
Ok, finally I quilted the background by machine.
I think cancer always casts a shadow on life. It brings a lot of pain and tears. I know what I’m speaking of because I lost my father this way. But this is life: Although raindrops are falling the beauty of blooming doesn’t go down. You must only perceive it.





These are some pics of my quilt
Here you can see the jury’s decision
Because I am aware that the mentality and taste of American people are very different to European ones I’m exited that my work has been choosen as award winning (where the hell is this little nowhere village Werther again? ;-) )

Kommentare:

dee hat gesagt…

Brigitte, this is stunning. I love the way you kept the background plain with only quilting. You are so right in thinking that it makes the beautiful kaleidoscopes look much more vibrant. They are not lost in the surrounding area. Beautiful

Nettie hat gesagt…

Again, this is a stunning quilt, Brigitte. Really impressive design and beautiful detail work. I think you should have won that Bernina!

Brigitte hat gesagt…

Nettie, thanks a lot for giving me such a high esteem for my work. I feel really happy about your feedback! And I did win the Bernina - in my own way: When the jury had decided and the "Robert-Kaufman-Bernina" had found its "victim" :-) I thought by myself the same as your comment said: "I think I should have won a Bernina." And I did so: I went to a shop to give me the Bernina as a reward for all I've learned by working on this project.
Boy, this machine is really... in German you would say a "Kracher", the hit. It is such a fun to meander or sew stipple quilting. By the time you will visit me, you have to try it by your own!

Nettie hat gesagt…

oooh, yes. I can't wait to see what your machine is like, and the things you've been doing with it!

Anonym hat gesagt…

Wow! Thanks to Brigitte for letting the world see this beautiful work, and thanks to Beate for letting us know about it.

 
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