I didn't set out to create an image of a rich, calorie-free chocolate confection. Instead, I set out to do a riff on a favorite painting by Paul Klee. But if the project also turns out to imagine and create some guilt free deluxe confections, I'm not gonna fudge it.
Here's the painting by Klee.
Brown brings nothing but good association: Not only chocolate, but coffee, rich garden earth, and Franciscans.
I've been wanting to reproduce that painting, or a portion of it, or a version of it, for years. Now I have the chance, because one of my quilt groups, Women Against the Grain, is running a challenge activity in which participants reproduce or play on a painting by one of five artists, including Klee, I now have the chance/excuse I've been waiting for: the opportunity to re-imagine Klee's shapes as rich, layered chocolate truffles. Without calories.
What I'm doing right now it experimenting with the components of the layers for the truffles. Some are simple stuffed shapes, created from fabrics that remind me of rich chocolate:
Today I discovered a better alternative: get out a piece of thick foam, get out a piece of interfacing with a grid, pin the interfacing to the foam, trace a uniform shape onto the gridded interfacing, then pin each yarn shape along the traced lines, so each knitted diamond follows the same exact outline:
Now that I know how best to stiffen these knitted shapes, I'll be adding these little smooches to them:
These little circular numbers are known as yo-yos, and I've stuffed them to give the appearance of whorls of chocolate. I think I'll top each whorl off with a yummy-looking bead of some kind.
As I work on these, I think about the name of the piece. I'm not going to call it "Suspended Fruit" or "Hangende Fruchte". I'm going to call it Chocolate Confections by Paul Klee, or, in Klee's native German, Schokoladenkonfekt von Paul Klee. Doesn't that sound important?
Once I get 10 or 12 of these diamond shapes layered together, I'll put them on a rich green velvet background and call them a box of confections.
Confetti. In addition to confections, I've also been working on confetti lately. Specifically, I've been using a technique called entrapment to bond confetti-like scraps of fabric to a background. First the fabric is cut up into confetti-like strips:
|Here I am trying to cut some tulle, a process made difficult by its insubstantiality and near-invisibility .|
I'm using this confetti to embellish a photo of an iconic fence in the Litchfield County town of Norfolk. This is for a show at the Norfolk Public Library, presented by the Connecticut Fiber Arts Collective and called The Northwest Corner, after the section of the state that includes Litchfield County and Norfolk. The librarians in that lovely town tell us that many library patrons, who may also patronize our show, have weekend and vacation homes there, and love images of their bucolic town. Thus, this image of an iconic fence in the town, which the librarians named in their list of notable Norfolk scenes.
Here's a look at that piece, which is now completed, along with its entrapped confetti: