Art can be found anywhere.
I was fortunate to be able to attend the son’s Molecular Biology PhD Dissertation Presentation – although I understood very little after he said, “Welcome….”
While he was speaking in polysyllabic terms, I was watching the slides, which included the frequency distribution in Photo 1.
I thought one of the shapes would make a great sofa sized painting in saturated colors – sort of a paint by numbers.
But sending a 4′ by 6′ painting across 2,000 miles was not viable – and he is not a modern art kind of guy (at least, I didn’t think he was.).
The next option was a quilted pillow top, because everyone needs sofa pillows!
Blew up the “smallest repeating unit” in Photo 2 to a 12″ square and traced it onto freezer paper.
The Stash contained a wine colored silk dupioni that coordinated with his living room.
Cut a 24″ square for the pillow top. Ironed the freezer paper to one side and Stash provided iron-on batting to the other.
Removing freezer paper from stitching lines that are only 1/16″ apart was an exercise in tedium.
Sewing every other or every third “contour” and then removing portions of the paper – then filling in with the remaining stitching lines saved my sanity.
Mid-stitching, this was not an attractive project.
Pulling all the treads to the back and knotting also tested by rather limited patience.
In the end the brown quilting thread against the gentle shimmer of the wine dupioni created a very subtle quilted effect. The “smallest repeating unit” pattern is obvious only to him – as he noted – he looked at it several thousand times! To others, it is simply a couch pillow.
In an odd twist, when he received the completed pillow – he was very appreciative – but noted the design would make a great wall-sized painting to hang above his sofa!