Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Art with Fabric Blog Hop....My turn

A few months ago I was asked by Alida from Tweety Loves Quilting to participate at this art blog hop. I was more than honored to be part of this blog hop with such a wonderful group of artists.

I chose the Austrian painter Gustav Klimt for his "golden period", in which he created incredible masterpieces of rich golden textures.

For instance, this amazing Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I  which could probably inspire 50 different quilts just by itself:

Portait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I from Gustav Klimt

Although the above portrait is mesmerizing, I finally opted for this piece called The kiss (what can I say, I am a romantic!).  I loved the women's face, how she lost herself in her lover's embrace:
The Kiss from Gustav Klimt 

When I chose this author, I immediately realized I'd have to go on a serious shopping spree as my stash of fabrics was seriously lacking in gold and yellows.  "Gold" is a difficult color to reproduce without actually using golden fabric, so I chose different gradations of yellows with a touch of brown or orange:

seen on the wall with artificial light

Unlike the great quilt Kathy chose to do with the same art piece (serendipity!), my goal was not to reproduce this striking piece of art but to play with the texture Klimt created with gold leafs and paint; I wanted to hide clues of Klimt's paint within the quilt. I used a few red squares carefully spread in the design to represent the woman's colorful summer dress as she is engulfed by the golden mantle of her lover's embrace:

seen outside under sunlight

In Klimt's paint, the woman's dress also has long, flowing golden threads merging into the flowery grass. I used golden triangles appliqué on the brown margin to represent these threads, and used thread painting to embed them gradually into the background.

The whole design was fully archived with the improved piecing technique, in a flowing and organic way that, I felt, was well representing the author's piece.

So now, what next?  If I wanted to continue this project further, it could be interesting to create a matching quilt to represent the woman side of Klimt's piece: something more flowery and round, with a few carefully spread black squares to remind the viewer of her lover's embrace.  The two piece could then be hanged together on a wall, perhaps even with the "Man's" quilt overlapping the "Woman's" quilt...

What do you think? What part of these painting inspired you the most? How would you design the matching "woman" piece yourself?


  1. It's beautiful! You've captured the essence of The Kiss while creating an entirely different piece. I especially love the gold triangles in the border.

  2. I love the non-literal interpretation of the piece. Beautiful!

  3. Very nicely done...I too was very intrigued by Klimt's interpretation of the masculine side represented in rectangles and squares while the feminine side was the circles...I jumped to the conclusion then that the triangles might be the future generations of their union. I love your quilt and the idea of a feminine companion quilt is awesome!

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  5. Klimt is my very favorite painter. So quilterly. I made a klimt piece last year seen here
    come see!
    Yours is so well done...

  6. I love the way you let you inspire by the Kiss of Klimt. Not a copy but a different piece with the essence of the mail side I love your fabric choice. It is because the Klimt pieces in this blog hop, that I look with a different eye to Klimt's work. Thanks.

  7. I love the way you let you inspire by the Kiss of Klimt. Not a copy but a different piece with the essence of the mail side I love your fabric choice. It is because the Klimt pieces in this blog hop, that I look with a different eye to Klimt's work. Thanks.

  8. Awesome job of the color placement! Excellent quilt!

  9. I really like that you had such a different take on interpreting this art as compared to Kathy; it is wonderful how art really is in the eye of the beholder. I like this masculine version and agree that the woman's side would probably be more floral / rounded. Lovely!

  10. I think you did an amazing job extracting the essence of the man part of the painting! Making a woman piece would be a great idea! With circles and more colors I think it would complement beautifully the piece you made for the hop! Thanks again for joining!!

  11. this has worked so beautifully what an amazing artist Klimt was.

  12. Your piece perfectly captures Klimt's use of colors and color placement. Great job.

  13. I think your piece is fantastic and captures the yellows and golds perfectly. I appreciate the way you separated the quilt into gender segments. Great artwork you created.

  14. Your quilt is beautiful with the range of yellows/golds/pale creams. I've never made a quilt based on a painting but in a weaving class many years ago we were assigned to find a painting and turn it into a weaving. It was an interesting challenge.
    --Nancy. (ndmessier @,

  15. When I first saw the artist's paintings, I thought that you've set your goal very high. When I read that your intention was not to reproduce the paintings, I was relieved for you. lol
    I love your quilt and your interpretation of the original. The colors, how you mixed them and the golden triangles are very harmonious. There's even flowers in some of your yellow squares. Gorgeous!
    Thank you for participating to my Fabric, Thread and Yarn link party. Have a good day!

  16. Great interpretation - well done!

  17. I love how you made an artwork from a masterpiece. Your work came out so beautifully and give justice to the original artwork. I love traditional art as well and am trying to find a way to make it more interesting and relevant to the modern world. Thank you for sharing and inspiring!
    Niki (