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Quilt and Stitch… Some Ideas, Part 6

More on my sources of inspiration. (My previous Quilt and Stitch posts are here: One, Two, Three, Four and Five.)

I look for lines and it’s very easy to find them everywhere.

Growth lines, saw marks in hardwood. Photo by Andrée Fredette

I like lines that curve and repeat, obviously…

Quilting detail, back of quilt. Quilting and photo by Andrée Fredette

I think nature is right up there with the Goddess, the Boss, the One in Charge. I don’t even try to reproduce exactly what I see because, frankly, I don’t think I could do it justice. I am happy to just interpret what I see.

Beetle tracks, below the bark. Photo by Andrée Fredette

Above: beetle tunnels under the bark, revealed once the tree is dead and has fallen on the ground.

And now, I take you on a side trip to visit the culprit (probable culprit…), of those “mines” as they are called on the fact sheet from Natural Resources Canada, the Golden buprestid (Buprestis aurulenta Linnaeus). A true jewel, don’t you think?

Golden buprestid (Buprestis aurulenta Linnaeus), a common wood-boring beetle of the BC coast. Photo by Andrée Fredette

Well, it’s a jewel when it emerges, but its larvae mine channels through wood, even after it’s been milled, sometimes after many years. The record is 60 years, apparently. How about this piece of jewelry emerging from one of your baseboards?

And on the West Coast of BC, the water’s edge is rich with lines and texture. Another of my image hunting grounds.

Inspiration lines from kelp. Photo by Andrée Fredet

Above, kelp at low tide, at Botanical Beach, on the west coast of Vancouver Island.  Which can be interpreted this way, with some fairly dense threadwork…

Detail of thread work. Quilt and photo by Andrée Fredette

Here is another abstract photo of kelp at low tide, drying in the sun and waiting the returning waters. I love that gleam.

Kelp at low tide, almost abstract. Photo by Andrée Fredette

Machine play that evokes water, flow. Water here, water gone.

Under the Ice, detail of quilt. Quilting and photo by Andrée Fredette

And when water plays with rocks, it’s a powerful creator of shapes. Here is an example from the Sooke Potholes Provincial Park on Vancouver Island, where the Sooke River offers a series of waterfalls, calm water and rapids.

Smooth rocks shaped by water at the Sooke Pot Holes, Vancouver Island. Photo by Andrée Fredette

And I leave you with these smooth rocks. May the stitching and texturing go as smoothly.

Lines and Structures – Ferry Terminal Work in Progress

I am posting this, just because the contrast in the lines caught my eye… There is much work and clanging going on at the ferry terminal at Swarz Bay, Vancouver Island. The Fraser River Pile & Dredge Company is hard at work. I understand my father’s fascination with work sites much better now.

Barge at Swarz Bay ferry terminal - Fraser River Pile & Dredge

Lines from the Garden

When I explore gardens (my friends’ gardens, and mine too, although my garden is very dry at this point), I keep a sharp eye out for lines. Here is a pair of pictures of a squash plant… Soon, it will be time to start sketching.