Sewing as an engineer: improvisation stories video series
This page collects the video of zoom live sessions arranged by local quilt shop Patchworkvictim, aimed as interactive sessions; my presentation opening part has been recorded and saved on Patchworkvictim you tube channel. Sessions have been held in Italian language.
Here below it is resumed the series content: the lectures dig into improv patchwork progressively, from initial to more detailed approach; with sewing demo, scientific anecdotes and composition stories of wall quilts, from my personal gallery Walking on fabric fields, 2019 exhibit.
Title and summary:
1. My view on improv
Definitions of improv. Exploration; constraints and freedom; deciding colours or shapes; symbols and writing; to design is to set boundaries; a self-tailored mix; examples of tessellation in columns and rows and with curved log cabins, having mild or strong contrast; adapting the sewing margin to the colour of fabric; hints of nucleation and growth principles derived from metallurgy know-how.
2. The improvised architect: variations on the theme patchwork-village
Forget the pattern. Sew without a pattern, but with a sketch; combining blocks made with and without a pattern; absolute and relative measures; cutting after sewing and reaching complete size; prints bring surprises; technical quilting terms and fun with giving names.
3. A pocket size zebra – compositions large and small
Forget the ruler. Relationship between abstract and figurative subjects; graphic exercises with small number of variables; the combinatory calculation of nine confetti; the emergence of symbols and the meaning of a logo; improv applied to small crafts and to larger compositions; sewing slightly curved stripes; examples of mug rugs; colours have a meaning; nucleation and growth; the connections between patchwork and evo-devo science.
4. Diamonds are forever… especially if they are in a quilt!
Start a composition. Symmetry in the natural world and in an improv quilt; hints of crystallography; a brain wired for the mirror; symmetry of a block and of the overall composition; how to unite blocks having all different sizes; bimodal compositions; relationship between the size of the block and the size of the overall quilt. Presentation of Quilt Improv Studio project, co-created with Giovanna Nicolai and Carla Beretta. During the session it is pieced a quilt part of the game Orange Summer Improv.
5. Managing chaos!… the noise which left a sign
Find beauty in abstraction. Textures in nature; definitions of texture and tessellation within design; orientation in a texture; orientation as seen by the brain; rules for isotropy; the distinction between signal and noise; composing with fields and negative spaces, hints of theory of chaos.