focus on something else

One of the goals I set for myself this year is to invite curators and other artists to my studio to show my work. I've spent about two months recording, measuring and carefully storing the quilts that I have done in the past 10 years. I'm running out of closets and storage materials. So the question I ask myself lately is "what's the point?"

What's the point of spending hours on 2 square inches of a three by four foot square of fabric pieces stitching in little stitches, little stitches, little stitches. What's the point of going back to an unfinished piece to see if the answer to the problem is there on the 50th time I look at it? What's the point of taxing my body with every stitch, every ironing chore, every patch? Wouldn't I be more useful at a soup kitchen? or children's reading group? or making more protest signs and organizing the resistance?

Am I being selfish by spending time within rather than spending time reaching out?

And I don't have the answer. So I focus on something else.

Focus on Something Else, 2017, 32" x 32"

Making art keeps me healthy. Making art releases demons. Making art makes sense of confusion and brings confusion to sense.

I am compelled to do it -- without regard to results. Without regard for where it takes me. And sometimes it takes me to dead ends. Where my brain is blinkered and stupefied.

deadend, paula kovarik

That's when I look for another way to make little stitches, little stitches, little stitches.

Then I can think about something else. Something quiet and consuming. Something that closes away the worries, the news, the predictions, the warnings and the opinions that litter my consciousness. Red stitch, black stitch, green stitch, blue.

So maybe the question shouldn't be "what's the point?" so much as "where to go from here?"


Fun with patterns

The process started with this simple drawing.

The process started with this simple drawing.

Summer abundance makes me want to dance all day. If it weren't for the 107 heat index I would be rollicking with the skinks and yellow jackets in my garden. For now I will stay indoors and wait for the moon.

Spent the day yesterday playing with pattern. Here is a little glimpse into the process.

Spending way too much time at the computer

I'm preparing for a speaking engagement in Little Rock this weekend and designing and redesigning Powerpoint presentations. Always a challenge.

So yesterday I took a little break and brought out one of my earlier patterns and experimented with a new colorway. I uploaded the tile to Spoonflower and ordered a test swatch. I may start offering the fabric for sale through that site as an experiment.

Here is Geometry in Spring dress.

Geometry, ©2014 Paula Kovarik

escape into pattern

twisted bowties, ©2014, Paula Kovarik

I resolved what I want to do with the cloudlike piece in my previous post but just can't face the work. So, as usual, I escape by working with pattern. Here is the bowtie pattern I created a couple of years ago, with a different colorway (you can never have too much orange right?) and a twist. I think I like them both. Illustrator allows me to twist my patterns automatically but to create a tile that works for reproduction I would have to start from scratch to redraw it. Not sure if it is worth it.


Spent some time this week playing with pattern again. It is good to go to a different medium when stalled in the design process. Here is the result. I think I will call this Scrambled Eggs. It uses the 2014 color of the year, Radiant Orchid.

Scrambled Eggs, ©2014, Paula Kovarik