Abstract Art Excerpt

Posted by Elizabeth Barton on 19 February 2016 | 0 Comments

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"Last week we looked at simple construction paper collage techniques for design based on some of the ideas used by the early abstractionists Sonia Delaunay and Sophie Taueber-Arp.

This week let’s consider a very different approach that many different abstract artists have used – that of a geometric approach. One of the best known geometric abstractionists is Piet Mondrian (1872-1944). Like many (if not most) abstract painters, his early work was quite representational but it did emphasize the geometry – the straight lines – of the Dutch countryside and he always seemed drawn towards using primary colours.

However there were, and are, many more abstract artists who love to use geometry as their main design method – and of course quiltmakers over the centuries have relied primarily on geometric designs. The traditional methods of cutting and piecing shapes lend themselves very well to this type of design."

....Excerpt from Abstract Art for Quiltmakers

Elizabeth Barton

Learning about Abstract Art opens up all sorts of possibilities in the quilting world. Here are some of Elizabeth's amazing quilts.

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About Abstract Art For Quiltmakers (online workshop): Have you ever wanted to be an abstract artist? Let’s explore twentieth and twenty first century abstract art to gain an understanding of the design processes and the artist’s intentions that lie beneath the work. In this workshop, Elizabeth will show you how to make many different abstract designs suitable for quilts. Read more...

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