Thursday, July 7, 2005

Naming your quilts

I think I may have asked this before, but since Mary noticed I don't always name my pieces, I thought I'd bring it up again for more input since the ring has expanded. 



The piece below I named from the way it made me feel while working on it.  From looking at the piece as a stranger would, the name isn't apparent.  What ways do you name your pieces?  When I attempted to meditate on the visual of the Inner Liberation, I thought of 'Harmonic Texture'.  Then I looked up the word 'texture' in the thesarus and came across 'cilia' which I then looked up in the dictionary and it short it is a microscopic hair like structure that activates cells for motion.  From here, I thought that is what I felt when I worked on this piece and thought Harmonic Cilium would be a more appropriate name. What do you think? 



5 comments:

  1. The writer in me shows in that I always know the names of my quilts first. For me, the fun becomes interpreting it.

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  2. For me, quilt names are an all or nothing sort of thing. Either the absolute Perfect Name comes to me immediatly or I think and dither and eventually choose something that's merely "good enough" because I can't think of anything better.
    I've threatened many times to just buy a baby names book and start choosing human names at random for my quilts. That would certainly confuse some people, yes?

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  3. Love the Harmonic, not so comfortable about Cillum. Even though it is very descriptive, the piece has such a beautiful flow that a single word feels appropriate....but whadda I know.

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  4. Karen,
    I usually don't name the quilt right away, but keep my ears and eyes open while I'm quilting it for ideas...e.g., a couple of weeks ago, while finishing up a quilt I was going to call "Flourish 3", I was listening to an interview on NPR about the Harlem Renaissance. And it clicked. That's the name of the quilt and I think it fits, at least in my mind. I've been meaning to photograph it and post it. Will do that soon.

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  5. It seems that the process for me will be different stages of naming a piece...there is a title while still in draft and design stages but then I feel comfortable changing a title after it is finished if I feel it needs changing to be more reflective of the process and my intent.

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