Friday, November 16, 2012

Friday Inspiration - Terese Agnew

When you study art, you learn a lot about different perspectives and viewpoints.  And yet, so much of the art one sees is just a straight on perspective - the viewer's eye is around the horizon.  I know that's the way I tend to orient most of my own pieces.  And then along comes an artist who uses a different perspective and it's amazing!

Wisconsin quilt artist Terese Agnew uses bird's eye view in many of her quilts and it's so intriguing.  With bird's eye view, the viewer's eye is far above the horizon - now that we have air travel and know what it's like to look straight down from ourselves as we're flying, this usually looks like what a bird would see should it look down. In Cedar Waxwings in the AT&T Parking Lot, we're above the birds!  I like how she puts a small window of straight on perspective in the middle.

Cedar Waxwings Above the AT&T Parking Lot, 1996.  Thread, cotton, silk, organza.

Terese uses thread painting to create her quilts.  Looking at the whole piece in a reproduction, it's hard to see that.  Everything comes together so well!  However, when looking at a detail shot, you can see how many threads and colors are used to get that effect.  These two shots of Practice Bombing Range in the Mississippi Flyway are a good example. 

Practice Bombing Range in the Mississippi Flyway, 2002.  Cotton, bridal tulle, denim, photo transfer, thread.

Detail of above

Craft in America featured Terese last season, so PBS has a great lesson plan (geared to high school) for anyone who teaches or just wants to learn more about her art and processes.  And if you want to be totally blown away, watch this clip of Margarete and David Harvey telling about how they commissioned her to create Margarete's Garden - and you see glimpses of this amazing quilt.  Note - when they're talking about the paper mache dragon Terese created around a water tower, the caption says "1958," but it was actually in 1985.

Watch Terese Agnew - The Harveys on PBS. See more from Craft in America.

Happy Creating!  Deborah

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