After my CQA nonsense and then the MQG post on Derivative work- I really wanted to quilt out my “feelings” so I made my Steal Like An Artist- Nothing Is Original quilt.
The quote above sums up all the places we get our inspiration from.
What makes something a copy or derivative or original? This is a HST public domain block but when I saw White Curve V 1973 by Ellsworth Kelly it inspired me to make a huge scale HST in the black and white colours. Here it is hanging in the Seattle Art Museum.
On the painting, the centre line is a tad curved, but I wanted my quilt to be straight like a HST. Did I alter my inspiration enough for my work to become original? NOPE! Because it was inspired by something and can’t be ever considered my work.
I also saw Gina Pina’s quilt called Cut and Keep, where she put fabric under the top layer of fabric so that you could faintly see the cut pieces through the top fabric.
I thought this was a really interesting technique and it inspired me. So I tried it. I was using the Michael Miller Luxe fabrics that were part of the MQG Fabric Challenge, and used the solid turquoise under my top white fabric.
The name of this quilt is the title of a book by Austin Kleon, which I suggest everyone read. Which is yet another source of my inspiration.
A quilt block, a painting, a technique and a book all inspired me to make this quilt, yet it doesn’t look anything like them.
And I still can’t call my quilt an original quilt.
If I hadn’t been banned for 2 years, from the NJS at Quilt Canada, I might have just entered this quilt into the quilt show in hopes to create a discussion once again on original works. Or maybe I want to enter it just to ruffle some feathers?