Beth Markel

Design Wall Friday – Monday Morning Quarterback

Posted on July 31, 2017 by Beth Markel

I have had my nose to the grindstone, sewing like crazy, trying to finish the Cherrywood Van Gogh Challenge.  First, I chose to do this because I really, truly, love Cherrywood fabrics!  The hand, the colors, the depth of value  in each fabric…well, I could go on for quite a while.  Secondly, I have been such a fan of Van Gogh, that if I didn’t participate, I would have been disappointed in myself.  While I believe there’s only a 50/50 shot of getting into the exhibit, I’m posting this here:

My artist statement:

My goal was to use Van Gogh’s painting, Starry Night, his many self-portraits, and his story, struggling artist, to create something totally unique.  First, I deconstructed all the stroke-work of Starry Night, knowing I wanted to use these iconic shapes in both the applique and quilting.  Van Gogh painted almost 40 self-portraits, making him the first “Selfie” artist, so I used a self-portrait and super-imposed the Van Gogh stroke-work.  With this evolution of design, I brought Van Gogh into the 21st Century, via Andy Warhol.


VanGogh Stage 1 VanGogh Stage 2 VanGogh Stage 3 VanGogh Stage 4 VanGogh Stage 5 VanGogh with tape measure





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