So things are slow around this space mostly because I’m working on so many things that I can’t blab about yet. I’m not normally a meme follower, but when my friend Deborah asked me to join her blog hop, it seemed like a way to jump start the week. Definitely check out her responses and her awesome quilts.

Here’s some Q and A…

1. What am I working on?

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Lately, I’ve been bitten by some sort of pastel parasite after accepting a challenge to use a confined palette. I made one thing and then, wanting to use up the fabrics, I made another. They are surprisingly inspiring to me and this likely isn’t the end of my bout with these sticky sweet candy colors. With these now finished, I’m moving back to those pineapples from a month or so ago.

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

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Hmm…I’m not sure. It depends on which genre we mean. I often wonder about how my quilts are categorized. Most of my works are art, but I’m not sure if they are considered “art quilts.” They tend to either be fantastical improvisational frolics of bright colors or they are representational/textual works that open up questions about identity (gender, race, etc) or censorship. However, I’m not doing much of the surface design that others use these days so sometimes I feel unsure of label. In short, I presently prefer a clean and crisp presentation that is still off the beaten path.

Another issue of category? I’m often told that I don’t make “African-American quilts.” Please discuss.

3. Why do I write/create what I do?

I make because I must. My RealJob (a term I use just to indicate the stuff I do to pay the bills) is the kind of job that never ends; there are few structured hours yet there is an enormous amount of things to get done. Making absorbs stress, serving as an outlet—physically and mentally—in the brief stolen moments I get to sew, stitch, or whatever.

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Why do I make quilts and embroider, in particular? It’s all about the tactile processes. Cotton and linen are seductive down-to-earth materials that bind me to my ancestors.

4. How does my writing/creating process work?

Depends. Usually I’m building larger works from the ideas that come from experimental doodles. The doodles themselves generate a list of things I should’ve done and can lead to decently polished projects.

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Rarely do I sketch. However, I can spend days, weeks, or months turning constructions over and over in my mind. After this much rumination and front-loaded angst, these works almost always emerge fully realized. This feels like a statement of philosophy as well. At base, well practiced skills are reliable generators. So these processes are feedback loops: doodles build skills that then are at hand for comfortable production later.

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I’m not a tagger. If you read this far, then answer these questions on your blog and let me know. I’ll give you a shoutout next week to link you up.

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Happy Turkey (or Tofurkey) Day, if you’re so inclined this week! I’m looking forward to pie…all the pie.