A Blue Tangle

It is not uncommon in artistic circles to use prompts to get creative juices flowing.  Quilting bees issue monthly challenges to innovate familiar blocks.  Writers share a verb and see what words appear on the page.  Mica and Noah Scalin lead 30 day Creative Sprints on the internet and results are shared online by many participants.

I belong to two local creative circles that use monthly prompts.  When I am pressed by the studio work schedule, I can resent these commitments.  I do not fail to use the prompts, but I do alter my approach to them.  I have set time limits on the exploration of the theme.  I have prepared in advance a design format to use for an entire year.  This month, I put the two prompts together for one project.

Blue and tangle inspired a mosaic of fused cotton fabric on felt, which was stitched together by a tangle of lines of variegated thread.

Several days later, I cut the work into measured squares and free-cut triangles and rectangles.  The free-cut pieces are stitched together and sandwiched between two layers of construction mesh.  I like where this is going, but I do not where that is!

Do you use prompts to ignite your creativity?  Do you let play inform your work?

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