Having so much freedom in this project made it difficult to decide on what to do. When given a creative project to complete, the first reaction I had was well what is creative? The possibilities are endless. Seeing as the aim of this unit is to explore the creativity of others and our selves, I have decided to choose a project that will explore the creativity of myself. So many ideas flooded my mind on what to do but I had to narrow it down. There were a few initial ideas that came to mind for this project, one being a black and white photographic series, but the one that I decided on was a quilt reflecting the things about my life that I love.
I’ve never actually quilted before but I can sew, one of the many useless talents I have, so it will be interesting to see how this turns out. So I grabbed out my trusty sewing machine and I’m all ready to sew.
I first had to go source some fabrics for my quilt. I wanted the fabrics to be fun, bright vibrant colours so I ventured to spotlight; an endless supply of fabrics is what I found. I decided on the colours red, yellow, green and blue and got a few different patterned fabrics.
I then took this home and cut it into squares for the quilt making sure that I had left over fabric for my designs for the plain patches. The quilt turned out to have 20 squares, below is a sheet of paper that acted as my plan/guide for the quilt.
To plan my quilt I cleared my mind and let my creativity flow. I used a picture storm to help get my creative juices flowing. After looking at this picture storm and exploring myself, I decided on what I was going to use as patches on my quilt.
Above is the inspirational ‘picture storm’ that i made to find the ideas for my quilt.
The Yin Yang is a part of Chinese philosophy. The literal meaning of the words are shadow and light and is used to describe the coming together of complete opposites, how they give relation to each other (this meaning for example that if light didn’t exist then no one would understand darkness). Some possible examples of Yin and Yang are male and female, hot and cold or fire and water. (Reninger, 2012). The reason I have chosen to put the Yin Yang on my quilt is because I like the way that it shows unity. Almost as if 2 worlds collide to help each other become one. My favourite interpretation of Yin Yang is male and female fitting together as two parts to become a whole. I feel as if it’s a creative way to explore the relationship of male and female.
The beach is like my second home. The square with the beach on it shows this clearly. I could never live away from the coastline, I guess because I know and have grown always living close to the beach.
The house that I have put on the quilt represents many things about myself. My passion in life is design and I have always wanted to apply this to interior design, so in one way the house is a representation of that. Also a home to me is a roof over my head, a place that is safe and warm. It’s where I sleep, eat and relax; it’s a whole lot more than just a pile of bricks.
I ❤ NY. I think this patch is fairly self-explanatory. I visited New York City in January this year. It was a place for many firsts for me, first time I had been to America, first holiday without my family, first time I saw snow and the first time I had seen such an amazing place. Reasons why I love New York:
- The Broadway shows
- The bright lights
- The museums
- The sights
- The buildings
- The atmosphere
- The people
- The hopes and dreams
- The culture
- The food
And the list could go on and on, but the one thing that I really loved about New York I felt like I could live there forever, I just didn’t want to leave.
The square with the tree represents my love for the environment. It’s nice to sometimes get away and be in touch with nature. I find that nature keeps the mind fresh and active, lots of places are now filled with artificial rather than natural things. I also believe, along with many other people in the world that if we don’t start to take more care of our environment then we will have big, big problems in the future. I think we need to stop polluting our earth and start being mindful of global warming and climate change.
The globe signifies my love for travel. If I could then I would visit every country in the world! I know every one says that they love to travel but if I could then I would just pack up my back pack and immerse myself in as many cultures as I could. Also on the globe I did Australia as the country showing with a little bead sewn onto where Perth is to represent my home. It’s where I was born, where my family is and where I will always be able to come back to.
Watermelon is my ultimate-all time favourite food! I love the way it tastes, the shape it is and the colour it is, absolutely everything about it. Did you know that watermelons are actually 92% water and is the most consumed melon in the whole world! Fun Facts (watermelon). [2012.]. Looks like I’m not the only one who loves them.
My snowy mountain is purely because I love the snow. When the snow first starts to fall it’s so pretty the way it just floats down, seems pretty magical to me. A few of my favourite things to do in the snow are making snow angels and have snow ball fights but my ultimate favourite is snowboarding. I am probably the most un-coordinated person you will ever meet in your life but for some reason I can snowboard. The first time I went boarding was in Canada on Blackcomb Mountain, so the snowy mountain on my quilt represents that.
The patch with the little girls could have two interpretations. I initially made it to represent my love for my family and friends. But the other interpretation could be taken as the way I like to interact with people and find out more about how people live in different cultures.
Sunflowers are my favourite flowers, they can symbolise warmth and spiritual healing. The sunflowers colours are so bright and vibrant with warm yellow and oranges. My connection to the sunflower is that at a friend’s funeral they handed out sunflower seeds for everyone to plant, which I thought, was such a lovely thing.
DO WHAT YOU LOVE, LOVE WHAT YOU DO
I live my life by this saying. Basically if I wanted all the money in the world I would not be doing an arts degree. I decided that I would rather be happy with my career and poor than be miserable going to work every day and rich. If everyone in the world had the opportunity and did what they wanted then their mindset would be in a lot better place.
Note: I have just finished sewing all my squares and what do you know my sewing machine broke. I now have to get it fixed in time to finish my project! Really pushing the time limit!
My end product I am so happy with. I decided to use black thread and expose it rather than hide the stitching because I think it suited the more cartoonish look I was going for. I think that all of my colours also meshed really well together. My favourite patch would be the I<3 NY patch, because I just think it works the best out of all of them in regards to composition.
Fun Facts (watermelon). [2012.]. Retrieved from:L http://www.watermelon.org/FAQ/FAQ-FunFacts.aspx
Reninger, E. [2012.]. “The Yin Yang Symbol”. Retreieved from: http://taoism.about.com/od/visualsymbols/p/YinYang.htm