Alabama Chanin and I don't know why. I first read about Natalie Chanin on Anna Maria Horner's blog the first of this month. Then Heather Ross wrote about her and her label. Alabama Studio Style looks like a book that would totally inspire me. But there is something that makes me slightly uncomfortable.
I have changed my style and creative process a whole lot in the last half year or so. Everything I do is much more organic and almost rustic. My next quilt will be Daiwabo fabrics....and if that isn't earthy I don't know what is.
Alabama Chanin....hmmm. Their line is beyond my pocket book, but I want to own some of the items, so I guess I need to make them. Sort of like when I became overwhelmed with the Gee's Bend quilts and wanted to make one. But I can't. The patterns and kits are out there, but after reading their book and getting the feel of who these ladies are it is better left undone. And certainly not a copy made by me.
I believe these ideas and designs will flop around in my head for a while and blend with 'me' and my own work will emerge. I have moved from working with cloth to fabric to textiles and who knows what else I will call it (or myself)...a fiber artist maybe! I do feel a bit full of myself and a definite 'wannabe'......this is probably what is worrying me about Alabama Chanin. I'm gonna get the book tho!