Tuesday, April 17, 2012


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?


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