1. What am I working on?
Right now I'm finishing up (today! tomorrow!) a quilt for a show deadline. Its quite dark for me and features free motion cutwork and shadows reminiscent in technique but not style to two of my previous quilts:
I'm also starting a new quilt inspired by Ring Around the Mole, and have another quilt in progress similar in feel but much larger than my quilt in nomine Patris.
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
This is the kind of question that I dread because I don't know the answer. It's something I think about a lot since I think it's tied to the idea of having a defined artists voice or perspective. Many of the artists I admire have such a clear voice. You can immediately tell one of their quilts just by looking at it, not because their work is all the same, but because there's just something about it that makes it clearly identifiable as theirs.
Anyhow, I don't think I have a clear voice yet or anything per se that sets my work apart. However, I find I am drawn back to certain things over and over. I tend to like graphic shapes and bold colors. I use a lot of metallic threads, paints, and fabrics. I'm also drawn most often to non-cotton fabrics. These two things combined might lead you to think I like sparkly, shiny finishes and fun textures and that's right!
3. Why do I write/create what I do?
Because I have to. If I'm not creating the noise in my head is unbearable.
4. How does my writing/creating process work?
I do very limited sketching by hand (something I've been working on improving) but most of my designing is usually done in adobe illustrator and adobe photoshop. I definitely prefer to have things fairly well planned out ahead of time. I'll typically work from a full scale print out of my design.
My ideas sometimes come from nature, but more often they are related to some sort of science-y something. I'm a cell biologist by day, and while I don't usually make things directly related to my research, I do usually have some sort of scientific or biological idea at the core of my pieces.
In terms of construction, my pieces are usually machine applique or appli-pieced (a la Caryl Fallert). I do some paper piecing (epp and foundation) but I'm not usually much of a traditional piecer. If I'm using cotton fabrics, I'll typically appli-piece, whereas if I'm using synthetic fabrics I'll usually machine applique and seal the raw edges with a wood-burning tool (to avoid fraying edges). I also frequently make and use silk screens in my work. They can help me achieve crisp shapes and letters with lots of detail.
I quilt on my Janome 7700, mostly free motion. I really enjoy the quilting process, and spend vast quantities of time in boring meetings doodling quilting. I sometimes embellish with yarn, decorative threads, beads etc.
So thanks to Teresa for the invite! Definitely check out her blog. I love that she works so successfully in multiple different styles! She lives in Houston so I'm hoping we can meet up in person at IQF this year.