Saturday, September 22, 2012

Cross-Currents Study #2, 1994, Andrea Balosky

Cross-Currents #2, 1994, by Andrea Balosky
Here's the second of the pair of Andrea Balosky quilts, just received from a seller in California. This quilt was made before the other Cross-Currents Study, pictured in my previous blog entry. In comparison, it seems very monochromatic, but look closely.








It's hardly monochromatic. In fact, it's quite vibrant. Another innovative, jaw-dropping quilt made in the mid-1990s by a visionary artist living right here in Oregon. Both quilts appear in Andrea's groundbreaking book, Transitions: Unlocking the Creative Quilter Within. More than 15 years after the book was first published, it is still relevant. It may be even more relevant today because now people are starting to understand her brilliance. Just like the other quilt, this one includes a remarkable variety of fabrics. Seeing it at a distance is one thing. Seeing it up close is another!

7 comments:

  1. both are just amazing...I think this second one is my favorite...the swirling center realy draws the eye into the composition

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  2. LOVE this...I am a major fan of Andrea's, as you know. I agree with Tim that #2 is a real tour de force...the grid balancing all the florals and prints. Lucky YOU!!!

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  3. This one was always my favorite...

    debbie

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  4. Thank you for enlarging the details of the quilt! You are right..it at first appears monochromatic but it truly is very colorful!

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  5. Thank you for enlarging the details of the quilt! You are right..it at first appears monochromatic but it truly is very colorful!

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  6. I ran out and bought that book based on your post- it is amazing, like meeting a long lost friend. Thank you for writing about it.

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  7. Awesome, Bill! I scored a copy of Andrea's 'Transitions' book from an online seller and I am thrilled. Can't imagine owning so many of her quilts!

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