Friday, 12 February 2010
i love mail
i've been treating myself to a few bits and pieces lately; new birkenstocks because i've worn the sole on my classic, hippie birks down to the cork and i reasoned that i needed a pair to wear while they get resoled; a new japanese pattern book that i snapped up on ebay as it has a few cute things in it that would be great maternity wear should i ever actually sew any of them; and a book on the quilts of gee's bend that i have been coveting for well over a year now.
this book is absolutely stunning, providing so much quilting inspiration that i am almost overwhelmed by it. the photos above aren't even my ultimate favourite ones, i just randomly opened the book and took photos - i don't know if i will even be able to pick ultimate favourites because every page holds something beautiful and unique. one thing in this book that is really striking a chord with me is the way it includes photos of the buildings and surrounds of gee's bend, snapshots of boarded up doorways and wooden fences that subtly influenced the style of the artists and the quilts themselves. it's making me itch to get out with my camera and see what i could be unknowingly influenced by in my neighbourhood, what i could draw inspiration from just by looking at it in a new light, as a pattern rather than an object.