Kim Andersson’s Up In The Air…
For this challenge I’ve packed my bags with the tools of a Juggler!
I’m sure that a lot of us, at one time or another, feel like we’re doing a lot of juggling and that we already live in a circus ; )
Recently I was researching some images and came across this book “The Circus. 1870s-1950s” by Dominique Jando (published by Taschen). I had no idea of the immense history and legacy of the American circus.
“During its heyday, the American circus was the largest show-biz industry the world had ever seen. From the mid-1800s to mid-1900s, traveling American circuses performed for audiences of up to 14,000 per show and crisscrossed the country on 20,000 miles of railroad in one season alone.” (Taschen.com)
Looking at books and online websites I came across some wonderful vintage images of performers on and off stage, filled with color and character. What drew me into the photos of the jugglers (apart from some very fetching costumes) were the fabulous shapes of their juggling apparatus (clubs, balls, hoops) and the shapes that they make as they fly through the air.
I wanted to show these tools in a way that portrays their energy and motion while they’re in use. I also played with the scale so that you can still see full shapes in smaller quilt pieces, but the larger images are graphic enough that when cut into they are still graphically pleasing shapes and pops of color.
I imagine that if you had a tent full of juggling performers, my pattern is what it would look like up in the air. Swirling lines in the background represent the swirling energy and motion and give a great background texture.
The colors I’ve chosen are a vibrant representation influenced by the colors that I saw in use in vintage color photographs and circus posters.
It’s the circus, let’s have some fun!
Again, I couldn’t resist seeing what would happen when my pattern and solid coordinating colors are cut-up into hexys and rearranged (I also added some linen, I love using linen as a neutral!).
I want to get stitching, I hope you do too!