Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Untitled?

I like to title things.  Titles usually come pretty easily to me, based on the subject matter.  I like to play with words, too, as those of you who follow my ramblings know.  This means that my titles are often a hint of the contents or a play on words of some sort.  Today I had two to choose from, and I wasn't sure...

TAST Weeks 14 & 15 - Satin & Stem

"Plain Jane"?  I have a cyber-friend named Jane, and she's anything but.  Would such a title discomfit her?

"Less is More"?  Or is that too cliche?  I just couldn't use either of these.

I had great plans for this crazy patch block, too -- hence the wide desert of fine-count linen you see stretched across the centre, with little to show for it.  I had visions of tiny satin stitch triangles dancing inside the larger one, which is outlined in stem stitch.  Alas, I lost my taste for the work.  For now, it remains "as is" in my stack of crazy quilt squares, and I'm going to move on.  This week's stitch: the fun, funky and sometimes frustrating French Knot!

Back to titles for a moment...


and a question, which generated much discussion on the SAQA Yahoo group this past week.  My SAQA colleague, Jean Judd -- a very talented and much-exhibited artist -- wondered about how artists title their work, and whether or not the title of a piece can turn off a potential purchaser.  Take a look at her work, including her latest series (here), and see what you think.  Thoughts?

3 comments:

JennyPennyPoppy said...

Hopefully some idea will percolate and when you come back to this piece and stitch on it, it will no longer look like a desert. :)

Judy Warner said...

I wouldn't try to title it until it has found its home. Right now it is "Incomplete"! :) Give it some time and space to grow into its own power.

Monika Kinner-Whalen / My Sweet Prairie said...

I'm seeing a top, or a dreidl (sp??)

or tipi reflected? lol