Thanks for the interesting responses to yesterday's post. OK so I found them fun but as I thought a bit more about why I like these I came up with a couple of more important reasons. As Terri mentions on her blog some of these postcards look like samples cut from larger works (and other things too but much more eloquently than me!) and I think for me this is the problem with them. They get churned out on a conveyor belt without much regard for design and composition. Composition. That IMHO is the key. As I said the size restriction forces me to come up with a design that looks good in a 6 x 4 inch rectangle. A square would result in something completely different.
The small drawings I do for Everyday Matters continually challenge me. The blog page is the 'restriction'. The white background, the small size, the angle of the object, the lighting - all these things are thought about. So in a way, the postcards are like small sketches focusing the mind. I like to work small so I don't see that there is a necessity to take these to the next level which is to work larger. I don't feel comfortable with a large format so there is no next level. A 12 x 12 and a 62 x 100 are going to pose their own design challenges.
I'm a stay at home Mum (I prefer housewife and superstar!) so I'm kind of amazed that on these on-line quilt groups with many professional quilt artists there is so little talk about design (and the why) but a lot about materials and techniques (the how). When I visited the Festival of Quilts last year I was frankly shocked at how poor some of the quilts were. It was my first visit to a big quilt show and perhaps my expectations were too high. The variety of techniques on display was dazzling but the knowledge of colour and composition was lacking in so many of them. ( I think construction is less important unless you're making traditional bed quilts)
I think it is important to have techniques at your disposal to make your ideas flow. But the chasing of techniques seem to be becoming the be all and end all of quilt 'art'. (Not for all of course.) Manufacturers will continually supply us with shiny new things to play with and if that is true, how can there be an end to the chase? Do all these techniques result in a piece of art? Art? What's that? Just kidding, I'm not going to go there!!