“Spectrum” is an art quilt, mounted on four 32″ x 32″ panels, that began as a sketch on a napkin. I assigned primary colors to areas on a grid, then planned to blend these colors into one another through every value in the color spectrum. A simple enough concept.
Color gradations such as these are not particularly difficult to paint, but when each value of color is represented using a 1-inch square of commercially printed fabric, things become complicated. I attempted several time-saving methods, but in the end I was only able to achieve my desired results by placing the little pieces one at a time on my design wall……all 4,096 of them. After the design was sewn to my satisfaction, I quilted each quadrant using a variety of variegated threads. I then sewed each of these
four quilts onto purple fabric and mounted it on a frame of wood and foam board. “Spectrum” took 10 months to complete.
It now hangs on the wall of my studio in Omaha. Perhaps someday it will be sold to the right person, but for now it makes me catch my breath every morning when I walk in the door. Which is a great way to start the day.