Lisa Call's gallery talk was filled with witty and informative thoughts on all kinds of topics - I'll include a few of my favorite bits from the notes I took, and hopefully my paraphrasing of her words will not be too inaccurate. As always, please forgive the inconsistency in the photos (for a better idea of what Lisa Call's work looks like, go check it out in person!)
|"Structures #115"by Lisa Call|
|"Structures #72" and "Structures #32"by Lisa Call|
|"Structures # 38" and "Structures #143" by Lisa Call|
The process Lisa Call uses to construct her quilts is extremely deliberate, and each step, from designing the work on the wall to cutting, piecing and quilting, involves no shortcuts. As she says, no strip-piecing is involved - if a line is present in a certain spot it is because she specifically meant for it to be there. I have a lot of respect for this way of working, and I enjoy how different it is from my own approach which favors reacting to a work as it develops in real time over careful planning. One area where Lisa Call and I have a similar style, however, is dyeing! Her way of dyeing is in direct contrast to her approach to construction - she uses no formulas, dyes only one yard of fabric at a time, and embraces the "you get what you get" quality that is the result. Brilliant!
|"Dream "37," "Dream #38," and "Structures #97" by Lisa Call|
Two final thoughts from Lisa Call. The first is her answer to the inevitable question of where the distinction is drawn between functional quilting and Art Quilting. Her response to this is simple and struck me as incredibly true. The answer is Intention. She creates her pieces with the idea that they are art. That is their purpose, and it is definitely enough.
The second thing is Call's suggestion of an artist that people interested in her work should also check out. I think this is something I should bring into my posts on artists whenever it's possible - we can learn vast amounts from asking artists we admire who they go to for inspiration. Her suggestion of an artist to check out is the painter Richard Diebenkorn, whose work is also carefully planned and meticulous.
That's it - go check out the show!