Monday, August 24, 2009

Stones, Shells and Hemingway... Inspiration to Sew By

"Let him think I am more man than I am and I will be so."
- Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea


With this new piece, I happily revisited a previous theme which I first began exploring a year ago... Mid Century inspired table runners/wall hangings, (which I also refer to as "functional art quilts" as these pieces work both as beautiful, functional table runners and decorative accent pieces, as well as a beautiful piece of art to hang.)


My muses for previous pieces, (see here, here and here) included old utilitarian quilts and Frank Lloyd Wright.


For this piece however, my inspiration came from stones, shells and the mental image of Ernest Hemingway. The stones and shells, gathered on my recent visit to the sea side, were a visual influence for my color and pattern choices,


where Hemingway provided the muse for creating a piece with a masculine feel... I wanted something that would look at home in a study, draped over an old and well used wooden table that had been oiled to a deep, rich shine.

"Hemingway" - A Mid-Century Inspired Functional Art Quilt is currently available in my shop.

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P.S. I was delighted to learn from the comments on my last post that so many of you are familiar with and like Tsatsiki! What a pleasant surprise!

18 comments:

Blue is Bleu said...

So lovely! I love that your table runners have a story of sorts behind them :)

Andi said...

Really beautiful!!

Hey Harriet said...

Yay! New work! This is fabulous Vic! And I always enjoy reading your descriptions about where your inpsiration comes from! Now, does the purchase include that awesome typewriter? ;D Beautiful work as always! Happy Monday to you my friend! xo

Stephanie said...

Love the different ways you photograhed this beautiful piece.

Jackie said...

I second what Stephanie said, it really looks terrific in any way!

RosaMaría said...

it's a great table runner! the colors really are like those stones. i love it! and the pic with the old typemachine is the best!

shellysquilts said...

I love your work. Beautiful and interesting, the perfect combination. Well done!

Victoria Bennett Beyer said...

I just love these runners, and you've made yet another great one. Nice work!

connie said...

These are so nice. I like the simplicity of them and they look masculine, but not too much. Thanks for sharing your inspiration. When it comes to making Art quilts I always like to know where the inspiration came from. I hope you have a great week.

smallgrapes said...

Lovely, lovely, lovely. The colors are great, the fabric use is great. What a pleasure to have on the wall or table!

Justine said...

Such a beautiful piece! I love the inspiration too. I still pull out Old Man and the Sea to read and the color of the rocks and shells are perfect for such a classic!

La Mañosa said...

Wow, I love the quilting on this!

jacquie said...

it's so fall too! love it.

Fer said...

Another beautiful piece, and so skilfully made as well.

I love it.

Michelle | Cicada Studio said...

My my, he IS handsome. I love the title- very fitting. I just love when you do pieces in this style.

Amy C said...

as always so beautiful and so beautifully made.. Hemingway what a stunner.
I love how you styled the photos too.

sewtakeahike said...

I love it hanging over the chair! Very nice!

Colleen MacDonald said...

I love it so much! And it becomes so much more special when I learn the inspirational aspects behind it!