Tuesday, September 2, 2008
This is Me - "What If" fing........
I've been "what if" fing in my mind for about a week now. There are some amazing CQRs in progress (I've been visiting your blogs) - and I'm inspired.
Jude just keeps creating - one gorgeous block after another. Acey's (Nicobella) "pink" CQR has a fascinating story behind it -- and Paula's -- well, you need to just go and check hers out for yourself. (All three blogs can be found in my blogroll on the right.)
I finally decided that today I would stop thinking and cut into something - one way, or another.
What "IF" I participate in this challenge?
At the risk of being ostrascized - I admit it - I'm NOT the biggest "traditional" CQ fan. They've just never appealed to me. Too busy. All those prints, flowers, fussy cut patterns, beads, baubles, rick-rack -- it makes my brain hurt just thinking about them. I tend to be more of a minimalist. Less is MORE. So -- as I contemplated Jude's challenge of the CQ "Revisited" - I found "revisiting" the concept of CQ appealing. I LOVE a challenge. So, of course I said, "I'm IN."
What "IF" I incorporate the theme of cycles into my CQR?
It seems almost everything I've been reading that's worthwhile (books, articles, blogs) point to this notion of cycles -- the cycles of science, psychology, the human body (circadian and biorhythm), geological, spiritual, natural (day/night, seasons, tides, phases of the moon, water cycles, nitrogen cycles, carbon cycles, etc.) emotional cycles, etc. I am fascinated with cycles and I've decided to work with this theme.
What "IF" - I consider the cycle of color density?
Perhaps playing with the intensity of hand dyes or batiks.
What "IF" - I use the cycle of color density and combine it with a cyle of nature?
What "IF" - I incorporate some of things I've learned whilest visiting Spirit Cloth from Jude and as well the other What If(fers?)
What "IF" - I just get started and STOP thinking too hard about this?
Here's the block I came up with, working with the "cycle" of the intensity of blue hand dyes.
Now, the fun begins.......