Sunday, 1 November 2020

The Sea: 'Kelp Forest', 'Wave' and 'Shoreline'

I'm sorry to be arriving late to the party.  The last few months have been difficult for us all and, like many people I'm sure, I haven't felt much creative enthusiasm.  In the end I managed to get stuck in by giving myself permission to play for a bit, as people say in motivational books!  This subject is very close to my heart as I grew up near the sea, and still live near to it albeit in another part of the country further down the coast.   I find the colours and textures endlessly fascinating and it was these that I decided to think about to begin with, concentrating first of all on wave forms.

I started with the simplest wave quilting on calico.  It's a very peaceful and meditative exercise.

Then I pieced some waves.

I love that this piece almost looks carved in stone.

After that I progressed to colour

and then combined piecing, quilting and colour.

I realised that I loved the unfinished edges of this piece and will have to find a way to use this in future.

I made a copy so I could play with some seagulls

but this was just a diversion because I wanted to concentrate on making abstract pieces.

Finally, I wrapped three finished pieces round canvases - separate works which are also supposed to work together.  As things sometimes take on a life of their own, the pieced quilt became a kelp forest  (and by the way, if you have not seen the film My Octopus Teacher, with its stunning photography, it is worth looking up as a lovely and gentle antidote to the state of the world.)  The other two pieces reflect waves and ripples in sand.  Unifying all the quilts is a fairly heavy natural (and seeded) calico which I used for its lovely sandy colour and texture.  

Kelp Forest


Shore Line

The Sea

Although we have chosen our new theme - Memories - to work on in the coming quarter I think I will carry on working on sea-themed pieces as well.  I don't think I've finished my exploration of this subject:  getting these works finished has got me thinking again.  It's lovely to be back at the sewing machine and I'm really looking forward to trying out some more ideas.  As a subject it opens up fairly limitless possibilities!

As always, I'm very grateful to be part of such a lovely group of creative and supportive members.  




  1. Beautiful pieces, Catherine. I would keep going, definitely! Since you live by the sea, it could be incorporated into the memories theme, in a way - all the memories of living by the sea.

  2. Thank you Wendy! Ooh that's a nice idea - I'm going to think about that.

  3. These are all gorgeous Catherine, such a wonderful feeling of ebb and flow in each piece.

  4. These are beautiful. I love these pieces individually and also together. I feel they capture something of the sea and shoreline that is very calming and, at the same time, a little mysterious. I'm very glad that you have completed this challenges and shared it with us :)

  5. Just beautiful. Thanks for sharing your process. Very interesting.