Sometimes an idea for a project swirls around in my head for years before it comes to fruition. Here is the beginning–a small mat I’ve just finished, inspired by the work of Ton Schulten. I’ve been thinking about this for a long time. My wedding rug, completed in 2012 was a start. But for this one, I set out to understand his use of colour and value and to learn how I could take this into rug hooking. The impetus now for this piece is a project for a study group where I am to hook a larger piece inspired by his style. This is the first ‘sketch’.
But there is a sad note to all of this today. In the process of learning about Schulten’s colour block style, I discovered the work of quilter Ineke Berlyn. Her book, Landscape in Contemporary Quilts, which I bought and read in 2009, describes her discovery of Schulten’s work and her journey to creating landscape quilts based on the style of his paintings, “a bright picture-postcard centre…offset against shades getting darker towards the borders.” (p.25) I loved the pieces Ineke created and followed her development of the style on her blog. It was with sadness that I saw today that Ineke died just yesterday. I encourage you to visit her blog and look at the many online images of her work. It’s amazing how we form bonds with other textile artists online, and although we have never met them, feel so saddened by the passing of their creative light.