Color is a passion for Christine Barnes, a seasoned Sunset Books editor who has devoted herself to fabric art. Last week I went to see her speak at a quilt guild meeting and was astonished by her art.
She first displayed a color wheel made purely of fabrics. Nice idea, since the colors are much more vibrant here than in a typical book about art theory:
She shared numerous quilts she has made, and here’s a small sampling. Before you look, see if you can spot some “magic colors” (her term) that seem to jump off the screen. The first one’s called Black Opals & Ribbon Candy–a fun name, isn’t it?
I can picture making the quilt below. You create square blocks and then chop them up and resew. The stripes are subtle but really do add a depth here:
The third quilt, above, conveys a great sense of dimension (apologies for the wavy image; this quilt was displayed on stairs). It’s inspiring, since I’ve been wondering about making 3-D illusion quilts.
This last one showed a good use of ombre fabric. I’ve seen those for sale and generally avoided their graded colors, because I just didn’t know what to do with them. But you can see here how much dimension they, too, can add:
Christine teaches classes and seminars, and I’d like to take one sometime to learn about how exactly she tracks down and auditions these colors. Very precisely, I think!